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Father God, we all know that Facebook has a profound influence in the world, at least some for evil and some for good. We ask You to reveal what is amiss, right what is wrong, and bring true justice.

Mark Zuckerberg has publicly said Facebook Inc. allows its more than three billion users to speak on equal footing with the elites of politics, culture and journalism, and that its standards of behavior apply to everyone, no matter their status or fame.

In private, the company has built a system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules, according to company documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The program, known as “cross check” or “XCheck,” was initially intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile accounts, including celebrities, politicians and journalists. Today, it shields millions of VIP users from the company’s normal enforcement process, the documents show. Some users are “whitelisted”—rendered immune from enforcement actions—while others are allowed to post rule-violating material pending Facebook employee reviews that often never come.

At times, the documents show, XCheck has protected public figures whose posts contain harassment or incitement to violence, violations that would typically lead to sanctions for regular users. In 2019, it allowed international soccer star Neymar to show nude photos of a woman, who had accused him of rape, to tens of millions of his fans before the content was removed by Facebook. Whitelisted accounts shared inflammatory claims that Facebook’s fact checkers deemed false, including that vaccines are deadly, that Hillary Clinton had covered up “pedophile rings,” and that then-President Donald Trump had called all refugees seeking asylum “animals,” according to the documents.

A 2019 internal review of Facebook’s whitelisting practices, marked attorney-client privileged, found favoritism to those users to be both widespread and “not publicly defensible.”

“We are not actually doing what we say we do publicly,” said the confidential review. It called the company’s actions “a breach of trust” and added: “Unlike the rest of our community, these people can violate our standards without any consequences.” . . 

In a written statement, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said criticism of XCheck was fair, but added that the system “was designed for an important reason: to create an additional step so we can accurately enforce policies on content that could require more understanding.”

He said Facebook has been accurate in its communications to the board and that the company is continuing to work to phase out the practice of whitelisting. “A lot of this internal material is outdated information stitched together to create a narrative that glosses over the most important point: Facebook itself identified the issues with cross check and has been working to address them,” he said.

The documents that describe XCheck are part of an extensive array of internal Facebook communications reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. They show that Facebook knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands.

Moreover, the documents show, Facebook often lacks the will or the ability to address them. . . .

At least some of the documents have been turned over to the Securities and Exchange Commission and to Congress by a person seeking federal whistleblower protection, according to people familiar with the matter.

Facebook’s stated ambition has long been to connect people. As it expanded over the past 17 years, from Harvard undergraduates to billions of global users, it struggled with the messy reality of bringing together disparate voices with different motivations—from people wishing each other happy birthday to Mexican drug cartels conducting business on the platform. Those problems increasingly consume the company.

Time and again, the documents show, in the U.S. and overseas, Facebook’s own researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects, in areas including teen mental health, political discourse and human trafficking. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company didn’t fix them.

These are excerpts from the first installment of articles reporting on extensive investigation of The Wall Street Journal, the facebook files. Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That’s Exempt. This article cannot be read without a subscription. To read a summary, visit the Daily Wire and read Report: Secret Facebook Program Exempted Celebrities, VIPs From Moderation Policies, Internal Review Calls It ‘Breach of Trust’

What do you think about these revelations about Facebook? Please share in the comments!

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Santos Garcia, Jr.
September 17, 2021

What is very clear is the rampant collusion of the Big Tech companies with the leftist Dems & their radical socialist agenda. What is the real truth about COVID-19, Natural Immunity, and reliable therapeutics? Read it and weep, then fast and pray! https://zionsgate.wordpress.com/2021/09/16/it-is-time-to-free-america/

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CN
September 16, 2021

FB is always on the defensive – even when they are trying to “look good or upstanding”. In the world of Zuckerberg, truth is what he (FB) ‘says it is’. FB talks in 1/2 truths (which are lies in actuality) and
we must ask what he is hiding from the public? What about his secret “deals” with the present administration and the deep state.
If FB was honest with the public or anyone that actually investigates them, we would be furious at how they operate. If they were really truthful and honest, then they would have no problem with giving up the protection offered them under section 230 code. Why? Because every time they get in a legal bind that has anything to do with accused “censorship”, the first thing hide behind is S.230. If your really forthright and transparent, a company doesn’t need to hide. They welcome transparency.
Many people like to use FB but they are not our friends. They are not friends or protectors of the unborn, they don’t support open discussion on alternative COVID treatments, they ban anyone they disagree with….I mean the list is endless.
Every person must decide between God and themselves, being guided by God’s word – what is true, honorable, promotes the kingdom of the one true God, etc.
With FB, I see extremely little truth, honesty or transparency and most certainly, I see zero respect for people excercising their 1st amendment rights “equally”.
Nothing except a complete 180 degree change regarding FB will convince me otherwise.

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priscilla bence
September 16, 2021

I have never had facebook but was forced to have an account to be able to watch my church during covid which is a shame. I do not ever friend anyone. I don’t even understand the concept. I am thankful for this ignorance. I have seen only harm in relationships since iphones and facebook and most modern media. I stopped at email which I have done since it first came out and I limit my time on it. I think facebook is the modern Tower of Babel.

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Sunny
September 16, 2021

Satan, as the prince of the power of the air, broadcasts his evil, rebellious attitudes to all humanity, and except for a few whom God has called out of his deceptions, the whole world lives under his sway (Ephesians 2:1-3; I John 5:19; Revelation 12:9). FaceBook is one of his instruments.

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Cindy Kelley
September 16, 2021

FB has done an incredible marketing job to convince billions of users that they cannot live without it!
They have made all businesses small and large alike believe their businesses will fail if they don’t post to their platform!
I canceled/deleted all my posts on all social media in Jan of this year as I had grown tired of the censorship and deleting of any conservative or Christian values that didn’t meet their narratives!
I’m so shocked at even the millions of believers knowing that FB openly spied on them, and to this day continues to track everything and yet they remain on it! One must ask them self, why do they allow billions of users to use it for FREE?
The real question is at what cost?
I pray that God will open the eyes of millions to leave social media and get back to real communication! That platforms like FB will not exist and that God will allow someone to develop a better platform with safer measures to protect conservatives!!!

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Luis Richards
September 16, 2021

I was led by the Holy Spirit to cancel my subscription with Facebook in 2019. Though I miss the connectivity with my family I could not and would not support all the negative and profane activity this company not only allowed but supported. I have warned all my family and friends of the dangers of facebook and pray daily for the creator and staff members of facebook to turn to the Lord and correct the wrongs being propagated by this company. If more people would leave this platform and stand for what is righteous and pray maybe God would step in and change things.

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    Barbara
    September 16, 2021

    I also canceled by Facebook account and I do not miss it. It always struck me that people reveal too much of their lives on Facebook for others to see and read, especially given the amount of human trafficking going on today.

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