As a follow-up to its promises last fall to keep working to become more transparent and improve policing of its platform, Facebook today released a draft charter to establish an oversight board.
The move, revealed in a blog post by Nick Clegg, VP Global Affairs and Communications, follows a brutal 2018 for the social media giant that brought more growth but also a fiercer backlash against its tactics. The company’s ill-starred alliance with now-defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica exposed the personal information of users. At the same time, questions kept mounting about the level of commitment CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg had to fighting misuse of the platform.
According to the proposed charter, the board would assess all content on Facebook in terms of whether it meets “community standards” and also reflected the company’s values, which “will include concepts like voice, safety, equity, dignity, equality and privacy.” Zuckerberg promised to implement the board in November during a flurry of negative attention prompted by a New York Times investigation exposed the lengths the company went to in pursuit of growth and silencing critics.
Board members would be experts in content, privacy, free expression, human rights, journalism, civil rights, safety and other relevant disciplines, the charter said. Each member would have an initial term of three years, renewable once. Initial selections would be made by an outside committee, with subsequent board members nominated by the board itself. All members will be disclosed publicly.
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