Facebook announces independent content oversight board that can overrule Zuckerberg too

Facebook has faced alot of criticism for high-profile content moderation issues, from temporarily removing a Vietnam-era war photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack to failing to combat hate speech in Myanmar against the Rohingya & other Muslims.

Facebook's newly formed board, has members that have lived in 27 countries and speak at least 29 languages, though a quarter of the group and two of the four co-chairs are from USA

Some of the names includes former U.S. federal circuit judge & religious freedom expert Michael McConnell, constitutional law expert Jamal Greene, Colombian attorney Catalina Botero-Marino & former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Among the initial cohort are former European Court of Human Rights judge András Sajó, Internet Sans Frontières executive director Julie Owono, Yemeni activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian Alan Rusbridger & Pakistani digital rights advocate Nighat Dad.

The board will start work immediately and Clegg said it would begin hearing cases this summer, can make policy recommendations to Facebook based on case decisions, to which the company will publicly respond.

Initially, the board will focus on cases where content was removed, and Facebook expects it to take on only “dozens” of cases to start, a small percentage of the thousands it expects will be brought to the board.

“We’re not working for Facebook; we’re trying to pressure Facebook to improve its policies and its processes to better respect human rights. That’s the job,” board member and internet governance researcher Nicolas Suzor told Reuters.

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