Facebook has created its own ‘Supreme Court’. Which will act like a ‘Supreme Court’. Facebook on Wednesday announced the creation of an ‘oversight board’. This board will take decisions based on ‘freedom of expression’ and human rights.
It has included 20 people from 27 countries, including former PMs, Nobel Peace Prize winners, law experts, professors and journalists. Its aim will be to moderate the content policy on Instagram and Facebook and take decisions related to it. This can be said to improve content and try to maintain a clean environment on social media.
Facebook’s public policy director Brent Harris said the creation of the board marked the beginning of a fundamental change in the way Facebook decides some of the most difficult content.
The objective behind the creation of the board is to moderate the content policy on Facebook and decide on matters related to it. Its members will monitor objectionable content posted on Facebook and Instagram.
The board will try to cover issues that affect a large number of people. The public will hear things related to the content visible in front of everyone and issues related to the user’s posts, pages, profiles and groups.
Facebook has said in one of its blog posts that this board will represent a new model of content moderation. The Facebook board has a journalist, judge, digital rights activist and former government advisor who hails from different countries.
It will have its own user facing website, on which a complaint or dispute will be registered. Facebook has the power to send limited cases to the board and does not have the authority to ignore cases. The board will also have the option to seek help from outside experts to take decisions.
Everyone has admired this new decision of Facebook. It will also take care of all kinds of content related activities, whether it is Artificial Intelligence (AI), Algorithm or Human Moderator, with the current policy of Facebook. If there is any dispute with the decision in any of these, the matter will be referred to the board.
The over-siteboard of this 20 people includes 9 law professors, Yemen’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, journalists, free speech advocates, and an author of the libertarian Cato Institute.
The board will have a maximum of 90 days but it can also take fast decisions. The board will not be able to speak in any government policy.
Currently, it will start for Facebook and Instagram. But in the future, Facebook can extend it to other platforms such as WhatsApp and other services.