Facebook Unveils Unprecedented ‘Supreme Court’ For Content Regulation

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March 11, 2020

In recent years, Facebook has had to grapple with major content management issues: conspiracy theorists and politicians running false ads, as well as the dissemination of doctored videos. 

In response to these criticisms, the company has tried to regulate content based on its community standards, often being denounced for its decisions. Issues arise, Facebook responds—always imperfectly in the eyes of its critics—and outrage ensues.

It’s how their system has always worked. But that’s going to change soon.

This summer, Facebook plans to create an independent oversight board to adjudicate what content is allowed on the site, based on their community standards. The board is being called Facebook’s “Supreme Court.” 

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