Jan 28, 2020
Human rights expert to keep Zuckerberg in check
Facebook has picked British human rights expert Thomas Hughes to lead its new oversight board. Mr Hughes started in the role a week ago, but Facebook is yet to announce who will sit on the board with him. Facebook, which will fund the board and its staff for at least six years, has also proposed a set of rules for the board to follow. "He [Hughes] will face enormous challenges making Facebook's oversight board credible," said Jim Killock, executive director of Open Rights Group, a non-profit organisation that aims to protect civil liberties. "Facebook needs to grant the board powers to scrutinise the whole procedures within their content moderation process, not just adjudicate certain troubling decisions," he told the BBC. "The Facebook oversight board is an important and long-overdue initiative, but it's also going to be very easy for it to be constrained and less effective than is necessary. Facebook, after all, mediates the speech of billions. Holding its decisions to account is a massive task."
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