Facebook Building Oversight Board Effectively Limiting Censorship

NewsBusters | 6/24/2019 | Staff
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Does Facebook need its own “Supreme Court” to act as the ultimate arbiter of its censorship decisions? Would such a body help? We’re getting closer to finding out. Facebook is currently putting together a third party, independent “Content Oversight Board” whose job will be to regulate and evaluate the company’s content decisions, according to Bloomberg. The idea for the board originated with Harvard professor Noah Feldman who is also a columnist for Bloomberg View. He first pitched the idea to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg in January 2018. According to Bloomberg, “Feldman’s pitch outlined the need for an independent, transparent committee to help regulate the company’s content decision.” Since then, “Facebook received more than 1,200 proposals from outside individuals and organizations with recommendations on what the company should build.”

Essentially, the board would act like a Supreme Court judging Facebook’s Executive content decisions -- a roll that may be fraught with challenges. According to Bloomberg, “The board’s independence will most certainly be an issue.”

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The company is also concerned the board will not be able to keep up with the number and pace of content decisions. Bloomberg says “it’s unrealistic to...
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