With the announcement of its final charter, this is a good opportunity to take stock of how much power the Oversight Board will actually have over decisions about what can and cannot remain on Facebook’s platforms.
Evelyn Douek is an S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, studying international and transnational regulation of online speech. Before coming to Harvard to complete a Master of Laws, Evelyn clerked for the Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, the Hon. Justice Susan Kiefel, and worked as a corporate litigator. She received her LL.B. from UNSW Sydney, where she was Executive Editor of the UNSW Law Journal.
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Verified Accountability: Self-Regulation of Content Moderation as an Answer to the Special Problems of Speech Regulation
Announcing the latest edition of the Aegis Paper Series from the Hoover Institution.
The company’s short blog post is far more substantive than mere corporate buzzwords and may have a significant impact for Facebook—and, therefore, for online speech.
The update shows the meaningful impact that an independent audit can have.
The platform has released a 250-page report containing surveys, public comment, workshop feedback and expert consultations on its proposed oversight board for content moderation.
A slow-motion fiasco over whether a right-wing commentator violated YouTube’s harassment and hate speech policies illustrates how different platforms struggle to resolve disputes about what they allow on their services.
The French report is a cautious survey of how to manage government regulation of speech in the new platform era, while the Christchurch Call is a high-level pledge to prevent the abuse of an open internet.