In a move to become more strong and committed towards social good, Facebook Inc’s new content oversight board will include a former prime minister, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and several constitutional law experts and rights advocates among its first 20 members, the company announced.
The independent board, which some have dubbed Facebook’s “Supreme Court,” will be able to overturn decisions by the company and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on whether individual pieces of content should be allowed on Facebook and Instagram. This development is getting huge interest from social media users as well as international media. It is now important to see whether this development will going to make some impact of the outspoken, candid and extrovert looking statements on the platform from some eminent influencers such as Mark Zuckerberg himself.
Facebook has long faced criticism for high-profile content moderation issues. They range from temporarily removing a famous Vietnam-era war photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, to failing to combat hate speech in Myanmar against the Rohingya and other Muslims.
The oversight board will focus on a small slice of challenging content issues including hate speech and harassment and people’s safety.
Facebook said the board’s members 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 the United States, where the company is headquartered.