Facebook has published new documents detailing the company's plans for a board oversight board, which will serve as a type of Supreme Court for the platform. In a call to journalists on Tuesday, Facebook said it expects the board to have full staff by the end of this year, and provide more details on how the board will operate and operate.
In November, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a blog post outlining his plans to create almost a Supreme Court for Facebook. When it is fully staffed, the body will be responsible for adjudicating appeals from users whose content has been removed from the Facebook platforms. It can also make judgments on cases referred to by the company itself.
"The board will be an advocate for our community ̵1; upholding people's right to free expression, and ensuring that we fulfill our responsibility to keep our people safe." man, "Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post. "As an independent organization, we hope to give people confidence that their views will be heard, and that Facebook has no final power in their expression."
Facebook has promised that the body will operate in November of next year. Today, the company outlines how members are selected and how they can influence moderation in company platforms.
According to the Facebook charter released on Tuesday, the oversight board will start with at least 11 members and "probably 40 members" when fully staffed. Each board member will serve no more than nine members. year, divided into three-year terms.The positions will be part-time, though the board will be staffed by a full-time staff to review submissions and conduct research.Review members' names and decisions is also available in a public online database.
However, the board may also be split into different "panels" to focus on more specific content. Board members may remain does not indicate whether their safety is a concern in a specific case. "There will be a set of people who serve on this board that do not make others uncomfortable. people in that group, "Facebook and global affairs director Brent Harris told reporters. "We believe that in the formation of the board and the formation of the board and truly represent the diversity in the composition of this institution, that this will really be a feature."
The charter defines a set of requirements for members of the board of directors, consistent with the requirements for a corporate board. "Members should not have actual or perceived conflicts of interest that could compromise their independent judgment and decision making," the document read. They should also demonstrate "familiarity with matters related to digital content and management, including free expression, civic discourse, safety, privacy and technology."
Once the board is in place, content cases are submitted both by Facebook users and the company itself, with the board being given the final say on which cases to hear. "In selecting it, the board will seek to consider cases with the greatest potential to guide future decisions and policies," the charter said.
To submit a complaint, a user must first exhaust all appeals to the moderation system that Facebook already has. The charter requires users to submit written statements to discuss their specific cases of moderation. Further decisions, such as whether users can testify individually, are still being discussed by the future board.
"The board's decision will be binding, though I or anyone on Facebook disagrees with it," Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post on Tuesday. "The board will use our values to communicate decisions and explain its reasons openly and in a way that protects people's privacy." Facebook said it has yet to determine how to balance the privacy of users whose content complaints are heard by the board and the transparency of board decisions.