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Facebook reportedly exempted high-profile users from its rules


Facebook has been under scrutiny for how it moderates content on its platform.

Facebook reportedly exempted millions of high-profile users, including celebrities and politicians, from some or all its rules, apparently contradicting the social network's public statements that its community standards apply to everyone. 

The Wall Street Journal, citing internal documents, reported on Monday that the world's largest social network created a program known as "cross check" or "XCheck" that shielded public figures from the company's rules against harassment and incitement to violence. The documents, for example, revealed that Facebook allowed Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. to post nude photos of a woman who accused him of rape before it pulled down the content, according to the report. Some high-profile users who were "whitelisted," or exempted, from content moderation enforcement shared false claims, including about vaccines.

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