Facebook does opposite of what I said


But hey, why should you bother? It works, does it not?

Two years ago I explained why social media should NOT be instantaneous. Eight months ago I pointed out that the first to “slow down” should be [the most powerful “influencers”]. Now, it turns out that Facebook is doing EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE:

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Facebook has built a system, called “cross check” or “XCheck,” that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules.

XCheck was initially intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile accounts, including celebrities, politicians and journalists. Today, it shields millions of VIP users from the company’s normal enforcement process.

Some users are “whitelisted” - rendered immune from enforcement actions - while others are allowed to post rule-violating material pending Facebook employee reviews that often never come.

At times XCheck has protected public figures whose posts contain harassment or incitement to violence, violations that would typically lead to sanctions for regular users. In 2019, it allowed international soccer star Neymar to show nude photos of a woman, who had accused him of rape, to tens of millions of his fans before the content was removed by Facebook.

And they KNOW it

A 2019 internal review of Facebook’s whitelisting practices, marked attorney-client privileged, found favoritism to those users to be both widespread and “not publicly defensible.”

[Internal reports acknowledged that] “for a select few members of our community, we are not enforcing our policies and standards. Unlike the rest of our community, these people can violate our standards without any consequences.”

Translation: the more dangerous you are…

In other words, on Facebook the most dangerous people are those with the most freedom. Which is exactly the opposite of what I suggested, and will continue to suggest: the more followers you have, the less frequently you should be allowed to post. No censorshipt, just that. Details here.

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