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From hate speech to nudity, Facebook’s oversight board picks its first cases


Facebook Inc’s unbiased Oversight Board introduced on Tuesday the primary six circumstances the place it might overrule the social media firm’s selections to take away sure items of content material from its platforms.

The board, which Fb created in response to criticism of its dealing with of problematic content material, mentioned it had obtained 20,000 circumstances because it opened its doorways in October.

Three of the six circumstances concerned content material that Fb eliminated for breaking hate speech guidelines.

An Oversight Board spokesman mentioned hate speech circumstances had been “probably the most important proportion” of appeals obtained.

“Hate speech is an particularly tough space,” Jamal Greene, one of many board’s co-chairs and a professor at Columbia Regulation Faculty, advised Reuters in an interview. “It is not that simple … for an algorithm to get the context of” such speech.

In November, Fb for the primary time disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on the platform, saying that out of each 10,000 content material views within the third quarter, 10 to 11 included hate speech.

The worldwide board’s different chosen circumstances concerned content material faraway from Fb or Instagram for violating guidelines on grownup nudity, harmful people and organizations, and violence and incitement. Greene mentioned they raised “essential line-drawing questions.”

One case was submitted by Fb itself. The corporate mentioned this case highlighted the problem it confronted when coping with the dangers of offline hurt attributable to misinformation in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fb also can ask the board for non-binding coverage suggestions, however Greene mentioned it had not but accomplished so.

The board has opened a week-long public remark interval on the primary circumstances, which will likely be reviewed by five-member panels. There’s a 90-day deadline for selections on the circumstances to be reached and for Fb to behave on them.

The board, which has been criticized for its restricted remit, goals to start out listening to circumstances from customers in early 2021 about content material that has been left on the positioning in addition to taken down.

This week, a bunch of Fb critics dubbed “The Actual Fb Oversight Board” mentioned it could hear three circumstances not but eligible for customers to take to the official oversight board, together with a dispute in regards to the Fb account of Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump‘s former adviser.

Requested about this group, a spokeswoman for Facebook’s Oversight Board mentioned: “Plenty of individuals have opinions about Fb. The Oversight Board is concentrated on making binding selections and issuing coverage suggestions that may maintain Fb to account.”

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