The Facebook oversight board has accused Meta Platforms Inc (NASDAQ: FB) of not being transparent in handling famous people. It states that the company hasn’t revealed how it protects posts by famous people even though it asked Meta about the topic.
The Wall Street Journal previously published a report detailing how Meta had designed Facebook to exempt famous people when they made posts that violated the platform’s rules. This report was made from documents that Frances Haugen, a whistle-blower, leaked.
The platform uses the cross-check system to review posts from famous people. However, the report claims that this system allows them to get away with breaking the rules. This is despite the company intending Cross-check to scrutinize posts from high-profile individuals. The program includes more than 5.8 million people. It includes people like Donald Trump, Candace Owens, and Elizabeth Warren. However, the moderators reviewed only 10% of posts they received.
The Oversight Board has looked into several Meta operations and given recommendations. While Meta has stated that it is committed to the board’s moderation recommendations, it is not obligated to follow all its rules.
Federal court rules in favor of Germans who used fake Facebook names
The Federal Court of Justice, Germany, has ruled in favor of two Germans for the right to use their invented names on Facebook. Facebook had argued that they had the authority to make users use their real names as per EU laws. The Germans had previously lost the lawsuit under a lower court.
Meanwhile, Meta wants to allow Instagram and Facebook users to showcase, sell, and create NFTs on these platforms. If the company goes ahead with this plan, it could help the market obtain mainstream support. Instagram and Facebook are planning a feature that will allow users to have NFTs as their profile and mint NFTs.
Spotify Technology (NYSE: SPOT) accused of allowing COVID-19 misinformation
While many Big tech companies face scrutiny, Spotify Technology (NYSE: SPOT) has managed to avoid this until now. Facebook users have witnessed drama as the platform was accused of letting COVID-19 misinformation spread on the platform through the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Many people have criticized the platform, including Neil Young, who threatened to remove his music from Spotify.