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Facebook to Appoint New Content-Monitoring Board

Facebook to Appoint New Content-Monitoring Board

Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 - 05:30
Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Reuters file photo

Facebook said it plans to form a board to review contentious decisions about the social network's content.

Monika Bickert, Facebook's vice president of global policy management, said: "We are still in the process of figuring out some of the specifics and exactly who will be on it, but this is something that we are hoping to have people in place for the board by the end of this year.”

According to the CNET website, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the company is aiming to appoint board members by the end of this year. The social network is also expected this month to release a final charter outlining how the board will work and how many people will be part of it. Facebook could give the board the power to influence its policies rather than just the ability to review the social network's toughest content decisions.

Facebook's plans to create an oversight board come as the social media giant faces criticism about its content decisions. Earlier this week, four Republican senators sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing the company of censoring pro-life content and calling for another audit that looks into concerns that the social network suppresses conservative speech. Facebook has repeatedly denied these accusations. At the same time, the company is under pressure to combat misinformation, hate speech and other offensive content.

On Thursday, the social network also published a list of values the company considers when deciding whether to remove content. That includes authenticity, safety, privacy and dignity, according to a blog post written by Bickert.

The company will sometimes keep up content that violates its rules if it's in the public interest or newsworthy, she said.

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