Facebook Supervisory Board Reverses Several Company Decisions | WABNEWS

LONDON – Facebook’s quasi-independent oversight board issued its first rulings on Thursday, reversing four of five decisions by the social network to remove questionable content. The social media giant created this oversight panel to speak out on thorny issues about content on its platforms, in response to furious criticism about its inability to respond quickly and effectively to disinformation, hate speech and campaigns. of dire influences. Facebook regularly removes thousands of posts and accounts, and about 150,000 of those cases have appealed to the supervisory board since its launch in November. The board is prioritizing the review of selected cases that have the potential to affect many users around the world. Facebook to review suspension of Trump’s account Trump critics applauded Facebook’s decision to suspend former President Donald Trump’s account. But European leaders and defenders of free speech have called the decision an act of censorship. Now the Independent Supervisory Board will review the case and make a recommendation to the company. In its initial batch of rulings, the board ordered Facebook to restore posts from users that the company said violated standards on adult nudity, hate speech or dangerous people. One case, where a Brazilian user’s Instagram post about breast cancer was automatically removed because it included images of female nipples, should have been allowed because the platform makes an exception for breast cancer awareness, the board noted. . A Burmese-language Facebook post by a Myanmar user about Muslims that included two widely shared photos of a dead Syrian child was offensive but did not rise to the level of hate speech, it ruled. A post with a quote falsely attributed to Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, was cleared up after the user told the board that the intention was to compare the sentiment on the quote to the presidency of Donald Trump. The board said a fourth French post on COVID-19 that had been removed because it violated standards on misinformation should be restored, and said it did not pose imminent harm. Facebook faces a legal challenge from the government that could force it to sell WhatsApp and Instagram The lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating free competition laws. He claims that he has used a large amount of money to buy from potential competitors before they challenge his dominance of the market. The decisions are binding, which means that CEO Mark Zuckerberg cannot do anything to change them. The board only agreed with Facebook’s decision to remove a post with an insult used to describe Azerbaijanis, stemming from last year’s conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The most prominent case of the panel is yet to come: the decision to suspend indefinitely the account of former President Donald Trump. It will be the biggest test yet for the panel, which faces criticism that Facebook set it up to avoid regulation or even an eventual breakdown of the company as it faces antitrust scrutiny. Co-chair Michael McConnell said the panel had started working on the Trump case, but was only at an “extremely early stage.” “All of this has happened very recently, so they are at the beginning of their work,” he told an online news conference. The oversight board will begin accepting public comments on the Trump case on Friday. Facebook removed Trump’s account after he encouraged his followers not to accept the election result and stormed the United States Capitol in a deadly assault on January 6. But the company referred the matter to the supervisory board for what it called an “independent trial.” by keeping the decision.

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