FB to cre­ate panel that can over­rule Zucker­berg

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

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.

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