Facebook ‘court’ urged to speak out
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.