Meta announced on Friday that it would put most of the suggestions made by its independent monitoring board into practice regarding its practice of exempting well-known users from certain of its content-related policies.
However, the Facebook parent company rejected certain recommendations to improve transparency and lessen prejudice against information created by public personalities.
The company’s contentious “cross check” system, which adds an additional layer of enforcement review for millions of Facebook and Instagram accounts owned by celebrities, politicians, and other influential users had been called for an overhaul by the oversight board. This system gives these users more freedom to post content that is against the company’s policies.
On Friday, Meta announced that it will streamline the criteria it uses to determine who should be added to the list in order “to better account for human rights interests and equity” and speed up the case review process.
The board has stated that the practice gave special treatment to the wealthy and allowed commercial interests to sway editorial choices.
One of the suggestions that Meta rejected was that the social media platform publicly identify the pages and accounts of specific prominent personalities who are protected by the list.