FB to create panel that can overrule Zuckerberg
San Francisco: Facebook said on Tuesday it has finalised its charter for its “independent oversight board”, giving the panel the authority to overrule chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on questions of appropriate content.
The new entity, based on Zuckerberg’s call for a “supreme court” that would make difficult calls on what is suitable content for Facebook, is moving closer to reality with the charter released by the social network.
Zuckerberg said in a statement the independent panel would have the final say on these matters of what belongs on the social platform. “If someone disagrees with a decision we’ve made, they can appeal to us first, and soon they will be able to further appeal to this independent board,” he said. “The board’s decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it.”
Facebook will also create a separate “independent trust” that will act as a conduit for funding and ensure the oversight panel is not subject to influence from company executives. The charter, a 9-page document, sets rules for the new panel of up to 40 members.