Something that was always long assumed, and that is now confirmed, not all Facebook users are equal. Facebook has privately built a list of elite users that are largely completely exempt from the same censorship and controls protocols it places on its average everyday users.
The program is called “cross check” or “XCheck,” was initially intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile figures accounts, this includes celebrities, select politicians, and select journalists. Today, it shields millions of it’s VIP users from the company’s normal standardized enforcement process, the documents show. These users are known as the “whitelisted”—deemed immune from any enforcement actions—while others are allowed to post rule-violating material pending Facebook employee reviews that more often than not never come.
These bombshell revelations demonstrate that Facebooks business model is not only “hate” for profit, but “hysteria” for profit. Facebook’s documents show, that XCheck has protected public figures whose posts contain targeted harassment or the incitement of violence, violations that would normally lead to serious sanctions for regular users. In 2019, it allowed internationally renowned 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. Whitelisted accounts shared inflammatory claims that Facebook’s own fact checkers deemed false, including claims that vaccines are deadly, that Hillary Clinton had covered up “pedophile rings,” and that then-President Donald Trump had called all refugees seeking asylum “animals.” The rabbit hole gets darker still, we’ll be continuing this story this Wednesday.
Source: Wall Street Journal