Friday, May 08, 2020

Facebook's self-funded corporate oversight board to deal with content moderation controversies; is this an inherent contradiction?

Facebook is going to set up a layered an ironic solution to its content moderation controversies, funding by itself a “corporate oversight board” that will operate autonomously.

Hoeg Law explains.

Facebook (Catalina Botero-Marino et al) explains the process in this New York Times op-ed March 6. 

Kara Swisher of the New York Times offers a favorable op-ed (Oct 17). 

Facebook (and YouTube) have sometimes been characterized as unofficial government branches since they say they are following official dogma on some issues, like coronavirus, on deciding what is acceptable (instead of manipulative or misleading) speech on their platforms. That might then after all create legal problems if a social media were a proxy for a government, but it is more that it is a proxy for many governments.

Facebook might see this step as a way to deal with the possible future demise of Section 230, which even Biden has said should be done away with.

Picture: Facebook HQ, my trip, Sept. 2018

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