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How many times it has been that you shared a post on Facebook or Instagram and that post was removed? Of course, this has happened to most of us at some point. Facebook has its own system for listening to these complaints, but not everyone seems to be satisfied with this system.
The debate over which content to leave on Facebook and which to remove is not only controversial but also complex. But now, to deal with these issues, Facebook intends to create a system that will go beyond the company’s management.
An independent board, which some people call the ‘Facebook Supreme Court‘, has the power to overturn the decisions of Facebook and its founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.
It is named the Content Oversight Board, the first 20 members include Nighat Dad, a Pakistani digital rights activist.
What is a Content Oversight Board?
According to Facebook, the board will focus on issues such as hate speech, harassment and public safety. The Oversight Board (Facebook Supreme Court) includes human rights activists, constitutional and legal experts and digital rights experts from around the world.
These individuals makes decisions about adding/posting or removing content on Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook bounds to follow.
Board makes decisions and implements them within 90 days, while in certain circumstances Facebook may request a 30-day review.
Board members are also be able to make policy recommendations to Facebook, to which the company is required to respond publicly.
How will this board work?
Nighat Dad, a Pakistani digital rights expert, tells that the Content Oversight Board (Facebook Supreme Court) will provide social media users with clear and easy information on how to check content on Facebook and Instagram.
“Oversight board members are completely independent of the traditional Facebook appeal system and are not employees of Facebook. Initially, social media users will be able to appeal to the board whose content has been removed from Facebook’s platform. We will then give users the option to request the removal of certain content from Facebook.”, they say.
According to Nighat Dad, the Oversight Board will also review the decisions made by Facebook about the content on its platform. In the meantime, the board will seek to determine whether these decisions are in line with international rules of expression and human rights, as well as the policy of Facebook and Instagram.
The Board will ensure that Facebook complies with international human rights law, which means that the Board may instruct Facebook to review its policy or can also give the order to restore deleted content.
This task is not easy!
Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs, tells Reuters that social media users need to limit their expectations at this time because it will take time for the board to build its reputation.
“I don’t want people to start hoping that this board will go on a journey of success from the very beginning. This will only be possible when the board begins hearing sensitive cases in the up coming months and years.”
According to Nighat Dad, the board members realize that they will receive several thousand applications from the very beginning, all of which will not be possible to be reviewed.
The board will prioritize cases that are either affecting more than one user, are important to public opinion or are questioning Facebook’s policies.
For now, the board reviews the most important requests, after which it decides and make the public aware of the thinking behind these decisions.
The source of change
Nighat Dad is hopeful that Facebook’s ‘Content Oversight Board’ will be a source of change and she is proud to be a part of that change.
“In my opinion, free and transparent online communities protect the public as well as freedom of expression. And it’s very important that people believe that they can do their thing without fear. “
Facebook’s management has set aside 130 million dollars for the next six years for the Content Oversight Board, which begins operations later this year. In future, the number of board members will be increased from 20 to 40.