Facebook’s Oversight Board Will Start Reviewing Content Soon

Facebook’s Oversight Board Will Start Reviewing Content Soon

Facebook’s  (FB) – Get Report independent oversight board may start to review content on its platforms starting next month, media reports suggest.

Both CNBC and the Financial Times reported on the development Thursday.

The independent body that will review Facebook’s decisions about what content to take down or leave up, will start accepting cases in mid to late October, weeks before the presidential election, a spokesperson for the board confirmed.

“We are currently testing the newly deployed technical systems that will allow users to appeal and the Board to review cases. Assuming those tests go to plan, we expect to open user appeals in mid to late October,” the oversight board said.

The oversight board will rule on appeals from Facebook and Instagram users and questions from Facebook itself.

It remained unclear if the Supreme Court-style oversight board will be able to act on complaints related to the presidential election on Nov. 3. 

“In terms of passing rulings around the time of the election, the Board will be prepared to consider cases on any matters that come before it and are in scope for us, and it’s premature to guess what the Board may or may not consider until we launch. Whether Facebook will send the Board expedited cases around this time is a question for Facebook,” the board told CNBC.

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