Facebook Inc on Monday laid out plans for an independent content oversight board with the power to overturn company decisions on user posts, aimed at addressing concerns over misinformation and abusive behavior on the platform.
The board’s 40 members would select cases to review as the world’s largest social media network tries to crack down on harassment, incitement of violence and the spread of false information without infringing freedom of speech.
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has said that Facebook should not make such decisions, but defer to an independent body of technology and human rights experts free of commercial influences.
Facebook will select inaugural members for three-year terms, but they will independently decide on future membership, Facebook proposed in a draft charter.
Details about the board’s makeup and appeals process will be finalised after a series of workshops over the next six months, wrote Nick Clegg, Facebook’s recently appointed head of global affairs, in a blog post introducing the charter.