Facebook created the 'Supreme Court' to monitor content

Facebook created the 'Supreme Court' to monitor content

Posted on May 7, 2020

Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, has finally announced the formation of an independent body to oversee content, announcing members of a Supreme Court-style body.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced in November 2018 that the website would set up an independent body to monitor content.

Mark Zuckerberg announced that the body would likely include human rights, digital rights members, politicians, jurists, writers, and historians from around the world. And the number of members of this body will be kept up to 40.

And now, 18 months later, Facebook is fulfilling its promise by setting up a 40-member body and announcing the names of its first 20 members.

Brent Horse, Facebook's director of public policy, announced the body on behalf of the company, according to AFP. He announced the names of 20 members and said that the number of body members would be increased to 40.

The body set up by Facebook to monitor the content is being called the 'Supreme Court' of the social networking site. And this body will work just like the court and the website will have to accept the decisions of this body.


Yemen's Nobel laureate Tawakkul Karmani is also part of the jury

Facebook's 'Supreme Court' will, in accordance with the rules and regulations, independently monitor the content published on the website and decide what kind of content should be published on the website and what kind of content Be stopped

This body, like the Supreme Court, will also make decisions about posting content on Instagram, including Facebook, and will provide Facebook with recommendations and lists on how content can be blocked and what kind of content Can't be stopped. The body will make decisions in the context of access to information, ethics, and other important issues, including international law, human rights, and state law.  What kind of content can't be published on Facebook or Instagram and what kind of content can't be blocked.

The top 20 members of Facebook's "Supreme Court" include Yemeni human rights activist, journalist and Nobel laureate Tawakkul Kirmani, former European Prime Minister Haley Thorning-Schmidt, former US Federal Court Judge Michael McNaul.
Alan Rasberger, former editor of the British newspaper The Guardian, and Catalina Buteiro, a Colombian educationist, are among 20 politicians, jurists, academics, writers, journalists, and human rights activists from around the world.

Announcing the body, Brent Horse, Facebook's director of public policy, said online training for the first 20 members of the body had begun and the jury would begin its work soon.


The former Prime Minister of Denmark is also part of the jury

It is thought that the body will initially consider content posted on Facebook and Instagram by the general public and will see what kind of content is shared by the general public. And what kind of content can be blocked?

In the second phase, the body will review the content of governments, states, and institutions, and then submit its recommendations to Facebook, which Facebook will be required to follow.

This 'Supreme Court' style body will also be bound to make its recommendations public and will also tell the public in its reports how much Facebook has acted on the body's recommendations.

The Facebook administration will not have the power to dismiss the said body members, as these body members have been recruited under an entity established under a trust fund and the body will be fully independent.

According to the members of the body, they will not work as internet police but will work to improve the content on Facebook and Instagram and will also take care of human rights, including access to information and dissemination of accurate information. ۔

It is a unique and first body of its kind to operate on such a large scale independently, usually with a limited team of applications and websites monitoring applications such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Decides whether or not to publish and these websites are also criticized for doing so.


Mark Zuckerberg announced the jury in November 2018


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