Facebook’s ‘tier’ system decides which countries it prioritizes for content moderation

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Photo taken connected  October 18, 2021 successful  Moscow shows the US online societal  media and societal  networking work  Facebook's logo connected  a tablet screen Facebook targets the US, Brazil and India arsenic "tier zero" for moderating the astir contented connected its platforms, according to The Verge. AFP via Getty Images

Facebook successful 2019 began classifying countries successful a “tier” strategy that dictated the magnitude of resources utilized to mean contented posted connected the level successful those nations, according to a caller report.

The prioritizing strategy placed the United States, Brazil and India successful “tier zero” — meaning much resources were dedicated to moderating contented and enforcing Facebook’s regulations successful those countries, The Verge reported Monday.

Israel, Germany, Indonesia and Iran were categorized successful “tier one,” truthful Facebook committed somewhat little to enforcement of its rules and predetermination integrity safeguards, according to the exertion quality outlet. Facebook reportedly formed “war rooms” for contented moderation successful those countries, including connected elections.

Twenty-two countries were placed successful “tier one” but did not person dedicated “war rooms,” and Facebook enactment the remainder of the globe successful “tier three,” which meant the level lone took enactment connected rule-violating election-related contented if it was flagged by moderators.

A Facebook logo.Facebook reportedly has warfare rooms dedicated to contented moderation amid elections. AFP via Getty Images

The tiered strategy is elaborate successful disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission and a redacted mentation was fixed to Congress by whistleblower Frances Haugen’s lawyers.

The documents amusement that determination are immense differences successful the guardrails Facebook employs to show contented successful countries. Artificial quality that detects hatred code and misinformation successful the United States is not disposable successful Ethiopia, The Verge noted.

A Facebook logo connected  a phone.Facebook has been criticized for meddling successful the 2020 statesmanlike predetermination to forestall erstwhile President Donald Trump from being reelected. NurPhoto via Getty Images
A Facebook similar  logo.Facebook has lone classified a fistful of countries arsenic “tier zero” and “tier one” compared to the remainder of the world.Bloomberg via Getty Images

Facebook besides does not person a misinformation detection strategy successful Myanmar, wherever the subject seized powerfulness earlier this twelvemonth via a coup, oregon Pakistan.

The revelation of Facebook’s opaque contented moderation practices comes aft a new whistleblower told the SEC that apical Facebook unit undermined attempts to combat misinformation and hatred code during President Trump’s tenure due to the fact that they predicted those efforts would hamper the company’s maturation and feared Trump and his allies.