Facebook’s own watchdog notes that it favors corporations and celebrities when it comes to rights issues

Facebook doesn’t treat all accounts equally when it comes to breaking the rules. If you are a socialite or celebrity, or do business with the Company, you have a better chance of maintaining your inappropriate posts.

That’s the damning conclusion of the watchdog Facebook set up, to be honest.

Additionally, you’ll walk away with more if you’re from one of the richer meta-markets, especially in North America. This is where the company focuses on most of its “second chance” verification instances, referred to internally as “cross-check”.

In a way, the verdict comes as no surprise. Meta faces the same commercial pressures as any other company. If anything, these could be even more intense right now as the company faces billions less ads due to Apple’s iPhone tracking restrictions.

Also, moderating a social network is really, really hard – maybe the hardest part is all the tech. It’s not just that mistakes happen; It is because attitudes and social mores in society are constantly changing as to what is acceptable online and what should be removed.

Still, Meta’s oversight committee wasn’t impressed that Facebook limited Brazilian superstar Neymar’s sanction for non-consensual sexual images (sometimes dubbed “revenge porn”) to a simple post removal, when the normal punishment is account suspension. It noted that this wasn’t too far from a big commercial announcement between Meta and Neymar around game streaming.

It is recommended to focus a little less on second chances for affiliates and more on accounts that may need such verification for genuine freedom of expression reasons.

One aspect of the oversight body’s report that will leave sections of the wider political world dissatisfied is its lack of commentary on systemic partisan bias. It’s an ongoing theme on both sides of the political spectrum that Facebook (and Twitter) regularly suppresses or bans voices within defined viewpoints. If you’re on the right, you’re convinced that Facebook is run by a bunch of left-wing liberal Democrat sympathizers trying to hide conservative views. If you are on the left, you will claim that Facebook is doing exactly the opposite of what the right-wing complainants say, naively doing the bidding of the most polarizing MAGA pundits and amplifying their hateful views.

For those who believe in either of these perspectives, the report may well be seen as yet another example of the system’s inherent corruption against “your” side.

Hopefully for the rest of us, approaching our moderation duties with a little more balance can be a constructive step in the massive platform.

But even if Mark Zuckerberg takes the report on board, it seems far-fetched that moderation can be “fixed” by Facebook. Mr. Zuckerberg is now prioritizing the Metaverse over all other activities at his company as he desperately tries to seize control of what he sees as the next big social media platform.

Relying on artificial intelligence to remove content can only do so much

https://www.independent.ie/business/world/facebooks-own-watchdog-finds-it-favours-business-and-celebrities-when-it-comes-to-rights-issues-42200515.html Facebook’s own watchdog notes that it favors corporations and celebrities when it comes to rights issues

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