Facebook, Instagram users can now appeal to Oversight Board for removal of harmful content

An independent board set up by Facebook to look into hate speech and other undesirable content on the platform said it will now accept cases from Facebook and Instagram users who believe the company wrongfully allowed such content to remain on these social media platforms.

The board includes former judges, journalists, and human rights activists, who review appeals from users on material that has been taken down from Facebook and Instagram, and make binding content decisions for the social networking platforms.

"Enabling users to appeal content they want to see removed from Facebook is a significant expansion of the Oversight Board's capabilities," Thomas Hughes, director of the Oversight Board Administration, said in a statement.

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