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Technology Facebook's Oversight Board will begin hearing cases before the US election

05:35  28 september  2020
05:35  28 september  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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“ We look forward to the board beginning to hear cases in mid to late October.” The board will be made up of journalists, lawyers and activists across the Since the first 20 Oversight Board members were appointed back in May, we have been helping to get them up and running as quickly as possible.

“ We look forward to the board beginning to hear cases in mid to late October.” The board will be made up of journalists, lawyers and activists Shortly after launching the board , Facebook announced that it wouldn’t be ready until “late fall,” leading to fears that it would arrive too late for the US elections .

Faceboook has confirmed that it’s Oversight Board set up to rule on moderation disputes across the company’s platforms will begin to hear cases as early as mid-October, just ahead of the November US elections (via the Financial Times). “Since the first 20 Oversight Board members were appointed back in May, we have been helping to get them up and running as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson told Engadget. “We look forward to the board beginning to hear cases in mid to late October.”

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A leading member of Facebook ' s Oversight Board says the panel will begin taking content appeals cases within weeks, as critics worry about the social media giant's potential impact on the US election less than two months away.

Facebook ' s oversight board -- tasked with deciding what is removed or allowed to remain on the world's biggest social network -- said Thursday it would launch in October, to be in place before the US presidential election . The news of the launch of the so-called Facebook "supreme court" comes amid

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The board will be made up of journalists, lawyers and activists across the political spectrum, and will rule on appeals from Facebook and Instagram users as well as questions from within the company. They’ll be aided by a new software tool “that allows members to securely access and review case information from anywhere in the world,” and will be trained on the company’s community standards and policy process.

Since the first 20 Oversight Board members were appointed back in May, we have been helping to get them up and running as quickly as possible. That has included finalizing a new software tool that allows members to securely access and review case information from anywhere in the world; and training them on our Community Standards and policy development processes. We look forward to the board beginning to hear cases in mid to late October.

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Facebook ' s long-delayed independent Oversight Board plans to launch in mid-late October, just before the November U . S . presidential election , although a board member said he did not know whether it would hear cases related to the contest.

Facebook Inc' s long-delayed independent Oversight Board plans to launch in mid-late October, just before the November U . S . presidential Rusbridger said he did not know whether the board would hear cases about content connected to the U . S . presidential election , but he said cases involving

Shortly after launching the board, Facebook announced that it wouldn’t be ready until “late fall,” leading to fears that it would arrive too late for the US elections. It appears now that it will come sooner, though with not a lot of time to spare before votes are cast on November 3rd. Plus, decisions could take as long as three months after an appeal is first heard.

Facebook said it tried to speed up the process without affecting quality. “Building a process that is thorough, principled and globally effective takes time and our members have been working aggressively to launch as soon as possible,” the company said.

The board includes Alan Rusbridger, former editor in chief of The Guardian, former Europe Court of Human Rights judge Andras Sajo, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the former prime minister of Denmark and John Samples, the vice-president of the libertarian Cato Institute. Facebook has set aside $130 million for the board, but said that its decisions won’t necessarily set any precedents and that it can only address certain kinds of content. On top of that, Facebook has made it clear that it’s still in control of what happens on the site.

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Facebook ' s long-awaited oversight board to launch before US election . Body will be able to Facebook ' s oversight board will start reviewing controversial content before the election . Can't happen soon enough; Facebook ' s Independent Oversight Board to begin work in mid/late October

Facebook announced it will launch its Oversight Board in October. According to the charter, the board will weigh factors such as severity, scale, and public discourse as it makes its ' We look forward to the board beginning to hear cases in mid to late October,' a Facebook spokesperson said.


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