Over the past several weeks, The Wall Street Journal has been releasing a series of bombshell reports detailing the inner workings of Facebook and some of its most controversial policies. One of the most widely discussed reports revealed that Facebook has long allowed prominent users like politicians and celebrities to skirt the content moderation rules that the company enforces for the rest of us. And now, Facebook’s own independent Oversight Board wants to investigate “the degree to which Facebook has been fully forthcoming” on this issue.
“These disclosures have drawn renewed attention to the seemingly inconsistent way that the company makes decisions,” the oversight board said this week. “We are also looking at how the board can further explore policy issues related to cross-check, which may lead to further recommendations in this area.” The Board also said that it has been reaching out to Facebook about this policy “for some time” but has yet to receive a reply.
Unfortunately, the Oversight Board has little authority to make Facebook act or turn over the information it wants. However, by raising these concerns publicly, the independent “supreme court” may be forcing Facebook’s hand to play ball with them.
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