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Facebook’s Own Oversight Board Criticizes VIP Cross-Check System

By this point most people will have dispelled all illusions of Meta being an even slightly ethically run company. It turns out that Facebooks’ own Oversight Board which was established back in 2020 is also criticizing some of the company’s practices. This criticism is currently being directed towards its so called VIP system, in which certain celebrities with financial links to Meta get special treatment with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The Oversight Board put out a report that revealed how people with ties to Meta manage to get content that criticizes or exposes them suppressed. For example, worldwide football sensation Neymar recently posted screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation with a woman who had accused him of rape. The content of this conversation ostensibly revealed her claims to be false, but in spite of the fact that this is the case many criticized Facebook for leaving the post up after the alleged victim received online harassment from his 100 million followers.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Neymar is now in a lucrative financial partnership with Meta to promote Facebook Gaming. Meta apparently cross checks complaints with how much revenue a particular person has generated for them, and they then make decisions based on that instead of being objective.

Such revelations are shocking because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up suggesting a culture of corruption within Meta. Facebook’s Oversight Board is now calling for a rehauling of the platform’s content moderation policies in order to make them fairer, but it remains to be seen if Facebook will do what is required.

The social media juggernaut is not known for taking an ethical stance for the most part. These revelations are just the latest in a long line of controversies, and they are casting a lot of doubt on whether or not Meta will be able to sustain itself in the long term. Major change needs to occur to make the platform more viable and trustworthy.


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