Face­book ‘court’ urged to speak out

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By James Cook FORMER Guardian ed­i­tor Alan Rus­bridger and other mem­bers of Face­book’s over­sight board are un­der grow­ing pres­sure to speak out as the so­cial net­work bat­tles claims of hate speech.

The Supreme Court-style board has so far re­mained silent over a grow­ing boy­cott by ad­ver­tis­ers who are seek­ing tougher ac­tion on con­tent they be­lieve pro­motes dis­crim­i­na­tion, ha­tred or vi­o­lence.

Damian Collins, the former chair­man of the Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport Com­mit­tee, said the si­lence of board mem­bers ex­posed its lim­i­ta­tions.

“Un­less this over­sight board has the power to ini­ti­ate its own in­ves­ti­ga­tions and to make rec­om­men­da­tions on changes, then this will be a pa­per tiger,” he said.

The board is due to be­gin op­er­at­ing later this year and will judge whether rules were ap­plied cor­rectly on Face­book’s most con­tro­ver­sial mod­er­a­tion de­ci­sions.

But it lacks the power to change the rules them­selves, with the so­cial net­work re­tain­ing a veto over any sug­gested al­ter­ations.

De­ci­sions will also ini­tially be lim­ited to posts taken down from Face­book.

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