Facebook Gives Oversight Board Power to Increase Censorship
The Facebook oversight board, commonly referred to as the “Facebook Supreme Court,” was created by the social media giant to hear appeals on Facebook’s decisions to censor or ban content. The board has now been encouraged to demand more censorship from the platform.
The oversight board is full of leftists, including former editor of the Guardian, a left-leaning publication, and the former leader of a left-wing political party in Denmark.
At first, the board was only to hear cases in which Facebook users felt that their content was unfairly or mistakenly censored/banned from the platform. But now, Facebook is empowering the board to hear cases in which users feel “harmful content” should be taken down but hasn’t.
According to the Associated Press:
Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board said Tuesday that it will start letting users file appeals over posts, photos, and videos that they think the company shouldn’t have allowed to stay on its platforms.
The board said it will accept cases from users who object to content posted by others and who have already exhausted Facebook’s appeals process.
Until now, users could only appeal to the Oversight Board when their own content was taken down by Facebook. The company is able to refer cases on its own to the board.“Enabling users to appeal content they want to see removed from Facebook is a significant expansion of the Oversight Board’s capabilities,” Thomas Hughes, director of the Oversight Board Administration, said in a statement.
Ironically, Facebook continues to allow the Rose City Antifa — one of the most violent Antifa groups in the country — to have a big presence on the platform.