Facebook’s Social Media Council Leaves Key Questions Unanswered

Posted on September 22, 2019 6:21 pm

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By Corynne McSherry and Kit Walsh

Facebook took big step forward this week in its march to create an “oversight board” to help vet its more controversial takedown decisions, publishing more details about how it will work. Both Facebook and its users will be able to refer cases to the Board to request its review. Is this big step a big deal for online speech?

Maybe not, but it’s worth paying attention. A handful of tech companies govern a vast amount of speech online, including the platforms we use to get our news, form social bonds, and share our perspectives.