Facebook on Wednesday appointed the first 20 members of its independent supervisory board who can reverse the content moderation decisions of the American social media group.
The Supervisory Board will be chaired by the former Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, two specialists in American constitutional law, a former official of the Organization of American States. In total, it will be made up of 40 personalities representing a wide range of countries, languages and backgrounds, including the 2011 Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kolkata Abdel-Salam Karman.
The council is the first internet governance body of its kind, while Facebook spent $ 130 million to fund independent monitoring of its content moderation decisions.
Members cover the political spectrum and include legal experts as well as people who have references as human rights defenders, journalists, and political leaders.
The supervisory board will initially review the posts, videos, photos and comments that the company has decided to delete from Facebook or its Instagram photo sharing site, but it will eventually manage content cases. It can be content involving issues such as nudity, violence or hate speech.
Facebook has indicated that the council’s mandate will cover advertisements, groups, pages, profiles and events in the future.
The members of the Supervisory Board are committed to reconciling freedom of expression with other human rights, to operate in a transparent manner and to represent global diversity.
In a press conference call before the announcement, the co-chairs described their work as new and experimental and said they expected to make mistakes.
“Complaining about moderation of content and the challenges that come with it is one thing. Trying to do something is another, “said Jamal Greene, a law professor at Columbia University and one of the co-chairs.