In theory, Facebook is supposed to apply the same rules to all of its users globally. However, company documents reveal that something else is actually happening. It is a “white list” whose members follow other rules. Something that the empire built by Mark Zuckerberg is silent about.
A) Yes made known by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in a recent investigation that collects that, although Mark Zuckerberg publicly promises that his more than three billion users have an equal status, this is not the case. According to a series of company documents that The Wall Street Journal has had access to, there are a number of personalities – from the world of politics, entertainment and the media especially – for whom the rules imposed by Facebook are more flexible. .
The “white list”
In the same way that, in the case of some companies, there are so-called “black lists”, in the case of the social network there would be a “white list” in which a kind of benefits of different types are granted: Allows them to post material that is prohibited to other users or bypass some reviews.
The system called XCheck accounts for these benefits, which are often taken advantage of by politicians, celebrities and some journalists. WSJ ensures that a 2019 internal review on Facebook revealed this privilege system that has remained on the social network since then.
“We are not actually doing what we say we are doing publicly,” a confidential source told WSJ. Likewise, this same source explained specifically in what lies this difference with ordinary users. “Unlike the rest of our community, these people can violate our standards without any consequence,” he said.
One of the peculiarities of this privilege system on Facebook has to do with the fact that the number of users with benefits has grown exponentially. In fact, XCheck grew to include at least 5.8 million people in 2020.