Facebook users can appeal to the Oversight Board for harmful content

Facebook users can appeal to the Oversight Board for harmful content

Facebook’s semi-independent monitoring board says it will start to attract users in posts, photos and videos that they believe the company shouldn’t be able to have on its platforms.

LONDON (AP) – Facebook’s semi-independent monitoring board said Tuesday that it would begin to attract users through its posts, photos and videos that, in its opinion, should not be allowed on the company’s platforms.

The board said it would take the case of users who objected to content posted by others and who had already completed Facebook’s appeal process.

Until now, users can only run for the Oversight Board when they review via Facebook. The agency can refer cases to the board on its own.

“Allowing users to apply to view content removed from Facebook is a significant extension of the Oversight Board’s capabilities,” said Thomas Hughes, managing director of the oversight board, in a statement.

Amid fierce criticism for its inability to respond to the tide of disinformation, hate speech and other harmful content, Facebook formed an oversight panel last year to act as the final arbiter on whether certain content should be allowed on its platform. Boards, posts, or advertisements have the power to make binding judgments as to whether they violate company rules.

The social media giant regularly publishes thousands of posts and accounts. Around 300,000 applications have been filed in this case since the start of the inaugural meeting, but the board is prioritizing review of cases that are likely to affect many users around the world.

The board said it has the technical ability to allow users to request content removal to protect their privacy from third parties.

In its latest ruling, published on Tuesday, the Supervisory Board confirmed Facebook’s decision to remove the video of a Dutch user from the Netherlands showing two people with a black face, the Black Pitt of the infamous child character. The board said the clip violated Facebook’s rules banning Blackface.

The board’s decision on Facebook’s decision to indefinitely suspend former US President Donald Trump is yet to come, and the decision is expected soon.

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