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Facebook asks Oversight Board for guidance on ‘cross-check’ system By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – The entrance sign for Facebook Headquarters is seen in Menlo Park (California) on Wednesday October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:) said Tuesday it will ask its independent Oversight Board for recommendations on how to improve its cross-check system, an internal program the social media company says is used to double check enforcement actions against certain users.

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported millions of Facebook accounts belonging to celebrities, politicians and other high profile users are exempt from its rules under the system, allowing them to post rule-violating content.

According to the Oversight Board, Tuesday’s request was welcomed by Facebook. It also stated “we will be engaging diverse civil society leaders and researchers as we examine these important issues.”

Facebook indicated that it plans to seek advice from the Oversight board on how the company determines which items are prioritized and what criteria they use for cross-check. Also, the Board will be providing guidance about the management of the program.

Last year, the company established the Oversight Board and funded its operations with a trust. Facebook will respond in thirty days, although policy recommendations are not legally binding.

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