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One of the biggest test of the Facebook board will be whether it can stand up to the claims of Donald Trump, who says the company has failed to protect its users. After all, a recent report from XCheck, a watchdog group, revealed that Facebook is riddled with flaws that harm its users.

Trump case is biggest test of board’s legitimacy

This is not to say that it was a tame affair. In the grand scheme of things, a number of notables were put under the spotlight. Among them was the likes of former Danish prime minister, former editor in chief of The Guardian, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Not to mention the dozens of political figures tossed in the ring to schmooze.

While the decision was not a slam dunk, Facebook has come out and said it would follow the oversight board’s advice and implement its rulings. As of press time, the board had logged more than 9,000 public comments, making it one of the most active online boards in the world.

The oversight board has since gone about its business with a vengeance, despite a number of high profile departures from the venn diagram. It’s also worth noting that the board has only recently sprung into action. Indeed, the oversight board was conceived a year ago and commenced operations in October of this year.

XCheck documents show that Facebook is riddled with flaws that cause harm

Facebook has been under the spotlight lately for all the wrong reasons. Its platform is ripe with flaws, and internal documents show that it’s not capable of adequately addressing them.

A Wall Street Journal investigation recently released a trove of Facebook internal documents. Those documents, titled An Ugly Truth, are a deliberate summary of the external controversies and internal practices of the social network. They rely on interviews with current and former employees.

The documents reveal that Facebook has a system called XCheck. This system is a special enforcement system that protects public figures, political candidates, and other prominent accounts from being targeted by regular enforcement processes. However, it’s not designed to safeguard the integrity of large audiences.

As part of the XCheck program, Facebook enrolled millions of users across the world. In the last year alone, tens of thousands of accounts were added to the system. Those users were allowed to post rule-violating material until they undergo an employee review.

Oversight board criticizes Facebook for “avoiding its responsibilities”

Facebook has faced major scrutiny from the public and Congress in the past year, including the company’s handling of content in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. This pressure has prompted calls from critics for social media companies to bolster their ability to moderate hate speech and misinformation. Earlier this month, the Facebook board ordered further review of a controversial decision to suspend former president Donald Trump.

The board was created by Facebook in order to investigate decisions to moderate content. However, some experts have raised concerns about the board’s independence. They believe that it can be used to cover up Facebook’s actions.

Conclusion

Facebook has had to deal with a number of issues in the past year, including allegations of anticompetitive behavior, privacy, and content moderation. One recent scandal involved a white-hat hacker who reported a security bug to Facebook. In October, a former Facebook employee shared internal documents with the Wall Street Journal. Those documents revealed that Facebook had allowed notable figures to be exempted from the company’s content rules. As a result, many advertisers pulled their ads from Facebook.

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