Facebook oversight board does not have the mandate to make policy changes

WASHINGTON, D. C. (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is set out in the board of trustees to make final decisions on whether or not the individual elements of the content can be viewed on the social media website, but the group will not be able to make changes to the policy, the company said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: a Silhouette of a laptop, users will see the addition of a screen projection of Facebook logo in this photo illustration, March 28, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration

The social media giant, which has about 2.4 million monthly active users, the move to take the offending pictures and video, after years of criticism for doing too little to combat hate speech, online bullying, and any other content that is contrary to the site’s “community standards.”

The board is meant to be a sort of appeal is to the body, allowing users to be able to challenge decisions made by a company that it’s controversial content.

“The board’s decision is final, even if I, or someone on Facebook doesn’t agree with it,” Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement, referring to talks on specific content, such as pictures and videos.

Facebook has a charter for the group, to be updated following a global consultation process.

As the new board of directors policy, the company will be required to respond publicly to the recommendations of the board.

“I was a little surprised, and to be honest, I’m a little disappointed in the fact that they seem to have been the view of the size of the board, it is a ‘binding’ authority, in such place to work,” said Thomas, Kadri, and a resident fellow at the Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, who was invited to be one of the Facebook feedback sessions.

Facebook said that it expects to be able to announce a number of members at the end of the year, and that the board will need to begin with the hearing of the case in the beginning of the year 2020.

Some of the initial members of the board of directors, which are expected to come in between 11 and 40 members and, if available, will assist in the selection of later ones. The public will also be able to view the candidates for the board of directors and make recommendations by way of a portal.

Both Facebook and its users should be able to get the cases and the decisions are made by panels of five members, and then sent out to the rest of the board of directors.

The members of the council, of which the positions are part-time, will be screened for conflicts of interest, including links to Facebook.

Reporting Elizabeth, Illustrator; Editing by Peter Henderson and Nick Zieminski

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