The supervisory board wants Facebook to explain its controversial rules to VIPs Engadget

The supervisory board is Facebook to provide more information about its controversial “cross-control” system, following a report that the company has allowed celebrities, politicians and other public figures to violate its rules.

“In light of recent developments, we look at the extent to which Facebook has fully turned up in its cross-check responses, including the practice of whitelisting,” the board said in a statement. ‘We expect to receive an information session from Facebook in the coming days and will report what we hear about this as part of our first quarterly transparency reports that we will publish in October.

The statement comes a week later The Wall Street Journal reported on what caused significant problems with the ‘cross-control’ system. Facebook said the rules are intended to provide an extra investigative advocate to possible rule-breaking placements of high-profile accounts. But according to The WSJ, these extra controls are often greatly delayed or do not happen at all, whereby famous people can effectively violate the rules of the platform without consequences. The report also says that Facebook “misled” the supervisory board when it said it was “not feasible” to share more information about cross-checking, and that the system only affects a ‘small number’ of accounts.

The cross-testing system was also one of the decisions on Donald Trump’s suspension from Facebook. “In our decision on former US President Donald Trump’s bills, we warned that a lack of clear public information about cross-checks and Facebook’s ‘newsworthiness exception’ could contribute to perceptions that Facebook is unduly influenced by political and commercial considerations,” he wrote. the board. The group also notes that Facebook did not provide specific data it asked about how cross-checking works.

It is not clear how much more information Facebook intends to share with the supervisory board. The company declined to comment on the board’s statement. But the Board of Supervisors says it will publish its first transparency report next month, which will provide an update on cross-checking, as well as assessing how Facebook is making its recommendations.

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