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Elite group inside Facebook policing content

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>> After Facebook's removal of an iconic Vietnam War photo sparked outrage last month, executives at the social media site quickly restored it and offered an apology soon after. But the reversal seemed to run counter to policy, according to two former Facebook employees, who said that very photo had been used in internal training as an example of an image that should be removed because it showed nudity.
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That means standard procedure was overruled, but by whom? Reuters correspondent Dustin Volz has the inside story on Facebook's inner sanctum. The ultimate decision makers at the social media megasite.>> Facebook, like any social media company has to decide where it draws the line on policing its content. And we've discovered that that line is often drawn by a handful of senior executives at the top.
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These are Americans who are very close to one another. They include Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, a number of others, all of them went to Harvard, all of whom are white and this has raised concern about whether they are appropriately positioned to review the mass amount of content on its platform that gets flagged on a daily basis.
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And this of course comes at a time when there's broader questions about diversity in Silicon Valley, not just at Facebook but at virtually every company.>> The innercircle executives also includes Justin Osofsky who run community operations. Joel Kaplan, Facebook's government relations chief, and Elliot Schrage, vice president for public policy.
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Cheryl Sandberg mentored Osofsky, she called Kaplan one of her closest friends and Schrage followed Sandberg to Facebook from Google. This elite group sets and overrides policy. The company provides little detail on its content removal practices which also involve an army of lower level employees.