(Reuters). Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:). On Thursday, an independent oversight board demanded greater transparency from social media giant Facebook. It claimed that the company wasn’t “fully forthcoming” about how it handles certain highly-profile accounts.
Following a Wall Street Journal report that claimed millions of Facebook accounts were owned by celebrities, politicians, and other prominent users, the board made its comments.
Facebook failed to be transparent about its ‘cross-check’ system. This internal program, which the social media site claims doubles the enforcement of certain users’ rights against them, was criticized by the board.
Facebook wasn’t immediately accessible for comment.
The board stated in a tweet that Facebook must be more transparent and treat its users fairly.
Facebook has requested the board in a policy advisory opinions to examine its cross-check system. The board also asked for suggestions about how the system could be improved.
In order to assess the effectiveness of its recommendations, the board will release quarterly and annual transparency reporting.
In addition, more than half of a million appeals were submitted by Instagram and Facebook users between October 2020 and June 2021. A majority of them related to hate speech content.
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