(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) new content oversight board will include a former prime minister, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and several constitutional law experts and rights advocates among its first 20 members, the company announced on Wednesday.
The independent board, which some have dubbed Facebook’s “Supreme Court,” will be able to overturn Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s decisions on whether individual pieces of content should be allowed on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook has long faced criticism for a catalog of high-profile content moderation issues. They range from temporarily removing a famous Vietnam-era war photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, to failing to combat hate speech targeting the Rohingya in Myanmar and other Muslims.
The oversight board will focus on a small slice of challenging content issues including hate speech and harassment and people’s safety.
Facebook said the board’s members have lived in 27 countries and speak at…
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