From the very first moment of its operation, Facebook gathered negative reviews on various kinds of issues. In recent years, the platform that created the world of social media, has been put under the microscope of various authorities around the world on issues related to its tactics, the security of personal data of its users, etc.
A series of internal Facebook documents came into the possession of the “Wall Street Journal”, which published some of them revealing a series of events, which the management of the platform tried to keep away from the spotlight!
Facebook has set a number of rules for its users’ behavior; and the control of their posts —to determine any violations that result in penalties— has handed it over to a network of its partners, who are not its employees!
It is revealed that Facebook had created a system called “XCheck” or “cross check” which the platform had installed on the accounts of many of its famous users (politicians, artists, athletes, etc.). This system channeled the posts of these Facebook VIP users to a section of the platform’s employees and not to its network of partners. The mandate that the platform’s employees had was to allow VIPS (as far as possible of course) to violate the rules of operation of the platform, without facing any problem!
‘Lax’ treatment of drug trafficking and human trafficking
From the documents in the WSJ’s possession, it appears that Facebook employees —when they spotted cases where either Facebook or one of the other platforms it owns (e.g., Instagram) were used for drug and human trafficking— were notifying their superiors and management but their reaction was, as it is referred to, “relaxed” or “weak”!
In one case on Instagram, a regular ad was posted for the sale of people, without the Facebook management taking any action, and it was finally mobilized when the matter took some extent and Apple was alarmed and threatened Facebook to end their cooperation, which —of course— it did not want in any case.
They knew about the toxicity of Instagram
The leaked documents confirmed the news published ten days ago, namely that Facebook had at its disposal surveys showing that Instagram —which belongs to it— is particularly harmful to a large proportion of young users and especially to girls! Of course nothing was made public, nor any moves were made to change anything in the problems identified by the studies.
Lawsuit by shareholders
Another very interesting revelation is that some Facebook shareholders have filed a lawsuit against the management because —they claim— the company accepted a painful compromise with U.S. authorities over the scandal involving the leak of the personal data of tens of millions of users of the platform. Facebook eventually agreed to a $5 billion fine.
Facebook’s shareholders argue that the company did not fight the case enough and rushed to close it as-like, accepting this huge fine, so that the investigation would not go further and protect its founder and head Mark Zuckerberg from any personal responsibilities he had.
The “New York Times” also joined the chorus of revelations, reporting that Facebook has launched a promotional campaign on user accounts of topics with positive content for the company, which reach users as “news” in the “news feed” apps with the target of improving Facebook’s image.
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