While some argue that there is a parallel dimension or an afterlife, in technology there was always the myth that on Facebook there was an exclusive network for celebrities and great personalities, with exclusive rules.
After much research, apparently, this network of VIP contacts is part of a secret project from the company called XCheck and has been revealed by a series of documents to which the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Apparently it would be reserved for athletes, artists, renowned journalists, influencers and all kinds of celebrities. Its main characteristic is that it is allowed to publish all kinds of content without having to abide by the rules that the platform applies to the rest of the users.
The XCheck program was initially created as a mechanism to review in more detail the actions taken against high profile accounts. And after its acceptance, it ended up protecting many premium users from the rules that are imposed on other users.
The alternative Facebook, with all the privileges. AFP photo
In general, Facebook content moderation uses automated systems to detect violations of its rules against harassment, sexual content, hate speech or incitement to violence.
In some cases, the messages are automatically deleted and in others, they are external regulators hired by Facebook who are in charge of analyzing messages, photos or videos detected by those systems or reported by users.
According to the documents, sometimes “XCheck” has shielded personalities whose publications contained incitement to violence or harassment, contents that normally cost other users sanctions such as the closure of their accounts.
Neymar, one of the beneficiaries of the XCheck system. AFP photo
One of the famous cases is that of the Brazilian Neymar, who in 2019 published on Facebook photos with nudes of a woman who I had accused him of rape in an attempt to defend themselves and that were seen by millions of people before the social network removed them and decided not to act against the player’s profile.
The documents also indicate that some of these VIP accounts have shared content without consequences that the Facebook verifiers found false.
This includes since vaccines are deadly to Hillary Clinton’s alleged cooperation with a pedophile plot or alleged words from former US President Donald Trump, calling all asylum seekers “animals.”
According to the WSJ data, at least 5.8 million people were enlisted in the XCheck program in the last year.
When the WSJ asked Andy Stone, a company spokesman, about the existence of this project, he denied through Twitter that there are two categories of users but defended the decision of do a second review of the contents of some relevant accounts to avoid errors.
There is a parallel dimension to celebrity-only Facebook. Reuters photo
According to Stone, all the internal documents show is that Facebook wants to improve that program and he stressed that this is what he has been doing in recent years.
In turn, Facebook employees have long denounced the existence of XCheck, although they never managed to visualize their claim.
“We are not doing what we say we do publicly,” denounces a memorandum titled The white list of politicians that contradicts the fundamental principles of Facebook and that was published in 2009.
How it happens in many aspects of daily life, what is outrageous is that “unlike the rest of the community, these people can violate our standards without any consequence.”