The Meta Oversight Board is in the process of reviewing cross-check, Meta's controversial system of vetting posts by high-profile users. On Thursday, the Oversight Board opened that review up to public comments.
The cross-check program came to light as part of The Wall Street Journal's Facebook Files project, which was based on disclosures from whistleblower Frances Haugen. The Journal's reporting uncovered a two-tier system of policy enforcement at Facebook, through which celebrities, journalists, politicians and other prominent users are often afforded slower or more lenient enforcement for content that violates Facebook's rules.
Following public outcry, Meta asked the Oversight Board for help reviewing the process, and the board accepted the request. Now, the board is asking the public to chime in on questions including how Meta should balance the need for fairness with the need for flexibility in the application of its rules, how Meta could improve transparency of the system or whether a system like this is even needed.
The board is accepting comments until Jan. 14, 2022 and will issue an advisory opinion some time after that.