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Facebook’s Oversight Board

Facebook’s Oversight Board:

Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld the social media network’s decision on January 7 to block the then-U.S. President Donald Trump from its platform.

  • The Oversight Board has been set up as an independent body that will help Facebook figure out what content can be allowed on the platform and what ought to be removed.
  • Facebook as well as its users can refer cases to the board.
  • The decisions of the board are binding on Facebook.
  • It was announced in 2018 and it officially began its work on October 22, 2020.
  • In order to ensure the board’s independence, Facebook established an irrevocable trust with $130 million in initial funding, expected to cover operational costs for over half a decade.
  • Anyone can nominate a candidate for board membership, through a recommendations portal operated by the U.S. law firm Baker McKenzie.
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