Facebook has been discussing the creation of an independent group to review controversial content decisions for some months. The Supervisory Committee, as it was called, will have the power to counter even the positions of Mark Zuckerberg.
In a statement, Facebook said the group would have independence to analyze “significant and complex” cases. This means that the committee will discuss content that has an impact in the real world and that has raised questions about the company’s decision.
“If someone disagrees with a decision we make, they can appeal to us first and soon they can appeal to that independent council,” he said. Zuckerberg in profile. “The board’s decision will be binding, even if I or someone on Facebook disagrees with that.”
The Supervisory Committee will consist of 40 members with a three-year term. To offer autonomy, Facebook will choose the initial members outside the “most commonly used channels”. Then, they must nominate the rest of the group.
The company says it seeks candidates with experience to deliberate deliberately, who are skilled in making and explaining decisions and who are familiar with issues such as freedom of expression, civic speech and equality.
How the Facebook Supervisory Committee will work
The group will have a committee of five members with the task of deciding which decisions on content will be analyzed. When a case is approved, it will be directed to a panel made up of five members, at least one of them from the region of origin of the user who filed the appeal.
Users will be notified when the committee agrees to review their request and will be able to send written statements. To reach a decision, the panel may request information from Facebook or consult experts.
Then, based on the platform’s policies, the panel will decide whether content should be allowed on the social network or not. The decision will be taken by consensus or, if this is impossible, by a majority.
It will be taken to the committee, which will have the power to request a new review if it deems it necessary. The conclusion should be presented within two weeks and will be implemented immediately by Facebook.
The committee, which has already been dubbed Facebook’s “Supreme Court,” may also determine that the decision will apply to similar cases. In addition, as in a judicial system, decisions will set precedents for future lawsuits.
The Supervisory Committee should start reviewing controversial content decisions only in the first half of 2020. Facebook, however, intends to present its first members in 2019.