El Nuevo Diario, United Kingdom. Whistleblower Frances Haugen told British lawmakers on Monday that Facebook should not be allowed to mislead its supervisory board, and that the body should demand more transparency from the social media giant.
“This is a watershed moment for the Oversight Board. What relationship do you want with Facebook? I hope the Oversight Board will take this moment to stand up and demand a more transparent relationship.
“If Facebook can get in and actively mislead the oversight board – which it did – then I don’t know what the purpose of the oversight board is,” he added.
Facebook’s Censorship Board is made up of experts in areas such as freedom of expression and human rights. They are hired by the company, but operate independently. The board of directors is often described as a kind of Facebook supreme court.
Last week, the board said Facebook failed to provide critical details about the “Cross-Check” program that is supposed to protect millions of important users from normal content editing rules.
Facebook uses Cross-Check to review content decisions about high profile users, such as politicians, celebrities, and journalists. The program grew to include 5.8 million users by 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Susan Nossell, an oversight board member and CEO of PEN America, said Sunday that Facebook must do a better job with transparency.
Nossel said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” show that the board is looking into issues about controversial content that has been left or removed, but those issues are only the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to Facebook’s oversight.
“They didn’t want to take full responsibility for the big issues like whether Donald Trump should be allowed on stage,” Nossel said. “I think they are very ambivalent about regulation.”
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