Facebook Unveils Independent Board To Oversee Content Moderation

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Facebook on Tuesday revealed its plans to establish an independent which will make decisions as to how the network is moderated.

The new “Oversight Board” will govern appeals from Facebook users and questions from the company itself. The board will eventually consist of 40 members with three-year terms drawn from a diverse array of backgrounds, according to Facebook.

Panels of five members will deliberate on cases it chooses to take. A minimum of 11 members will be required for the board to function. Facebook said in a press release it plans to have the board in place and making decisions in early 2020.

The goals of the panel, as stated by Facebook, are to:“Provide oversight of Facebook’s content decisions, reverse Facebook’s decisions when necessary,
be an independent authority outside of Facebook.


In a blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “The board will be an advocate for our community — supporting people’s right to free expression, and making sure we fulfill our responsibility to keep people safe. As an independent organization, we hope it gives people confidence that their views will be heard, and that Facebook doesn’t have the ultimate power over their expression. ”

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