Facebook to announce members of its oversight board
Facebook is about to name the first members of a new oversight board who will be tasked to make the social media platform more accountable in its content moderation decisions.
The first batch consisting of 11 names will be announced soon, and eventually will introduce the remaining members as many as 40. They are set to handle complaints of content takedowns on Facebook and Instagram.
The oversight board will be given the authority to overrule Facebook’s decisions in particular content cases and to design policies that will guide Facebook in the future.
Moreover, Facebook said that it will appoint several experts to lead the special board to select and appoint remaining members that will complete the cast.
This move is Facebook’s action to adhere to transparency and consistency in taking hate speech, violent extremism and graphic material.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook said, “If someone disagrees with a decision we’ve made, they can appeal to us first, and soon they will be able to further appeal to this independent board. The board’s decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it.”