(RepublicanInformer.com)- Facebook is putting their profits ahead of actual people, according to a former consultant for Google.
Recently, Joe Toscano went off on Facebook after two separate “catastrophic” reports have indicated that Facebook allows various celebrities to break the social media giant’s rules. Many executives at the company also know that their photo-sharing app, Instagram, can be extremely harmful to teenage girls.
As Toscano said as part of an interview with Fox News Digital:
“The reality is Facebook’s just doing business as usual, right? What’s Facebook’s product? We always got to keep going back to that. What’s their product? The reality is their product is outrage, it’s scandal, it’s sex. It’s anything that will get you to click.”
Recently, the Wall Street Journal revealed various documents that show that Facebook privately “built a system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules.” They also are using a program that was “initially intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile accounts, including celebrities, politicians and journalists.”
This specific program allows the top executives at Facebook to shield “millions of VIP users from the company’s normal enforcement process,” as the WSJ’s story outlined.
The report cited various documents saying that a program that’s called XCheck allows users that are important to the social media giant to post a lot of content that, in almost all other cases, would violate Facebook’s rules. Some of these rules include inciting violence and harassment.
Toscano is a central figure in the documentary “The Social Dilemma,” which is extremely popular on Netflix. That documentary details the huge negative impact that Big Tech companies can have on people around the world.
He recently said he doesn’t think Facebook will switch their focus away from making money and toward decency anytime in the near future. As he said:
“What they’re doing here is they’re identifying the people who they know to be driving the most eyeballs to their platform and henceforth driving them the most money and they’re giving them a pass to say, ‘Hey, you know what, what you’re doing is not right according to our rules, but you’re making us a lot of money and you have the potential to make us a lot more money. So we’re going to let it slide, but just let you know this wasn’t right.’ It doesn’t shock me at all.”
The only way that Toscano thinks that Facebook would make changes of any significance to its XCheck program would be if the government intervened. In fact, in light of the report, Facebook has said that the program isn’t a secret at all. They did say it’s not perfect.
Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook, responded to the WSJ story on Twitter. He pointed users to a 2018 blog post where the company defended themselves against other critical reports on that policy.
That blog post did admit that Facebook grants a “cross-check” to accounts that belong to high-profile people such as celebrities.