(UnitedVoice.com) – With over 2.5 billion monthly users, Facebook is by far the most widely-used social media platform on the planet. With so many users, the company stated it struggles to write and enforce rules and guidelines of permissible content.
In an effort to find a solution, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has appointed 20 people from around the world to serve on what’s being referred to as a “supreme court” for speech on its platform.
The 20-person panel consists of nine law professors, journalists, free speech advocates, a writer, and Nobel Peace Prize honoree. They’ll take charge of making rulings on the types of content Facebook users can post.
FCC Commissioner, Brendan Carr, warns the new oversight board could pose a problem on people’s rights to freedom of speech.
2. Facebook’s decision undermines its claim that posts won’t be censored for partisan political reasons.
Karlan testified that “President Trump must be held to account.”
She wrote *in 2016* that she felt “a responsibility to challenge [Trump] in the court of public opinion.”
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) May 7, 2020
Some critics say the panel lacks credible disinformation experts, unbiased fact-checkers, and conservatives figures. In the past, Facebook has faced much scrutiny for its inability to contain fake Facebook pages that published fake content. This was rampant in the 2016 presidential election.
Facebook stated all their board members are committed to free expression. Unfortunately for social media users, they also have the power to restrict it.
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