Facebook sets up an "independent monitoring committee"


Facebook published Tuesday, September 17, its charter for its "Independent supervisory committee". The new entity will have to decide what content is acceptable on the world's leading social network, in line with the wish of Mark Zuckerberg, who in April 2018 mentioned the possible creation of a kind of " Supreme Court ", composed of independent personalities.

"The committee's decision will be binding"

"If anyone disagrees with a decision we've made, they can go to us first, and soon they can call on this independent committee as well."said Mark Zuckerberg in a statement. "The committee's decision will be binding, even if someone at Facebook, including myself, does not agree", he added.

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"The committee will advocate for our community. It will support people's right to freedom of expression, and ensure that we fulfill our obligations well. "said Mark Zuckerberg.

The " Supreme Court " The network will only deal with topics related to content moderation, not artificial intelligence or hierarchical algorithms.

This charter sets rules for the new panel which will include 40 members. Facebook had already indicated that the company was ready to begin the process of appointing members, after consultations in 88 countries.

" An independent foundation »

In addition to the "Independent supervisory committee", Facebook will create a "Independent foundation", who will manage the committee's funding and ensure that its members are not influenced by the California giant's leadership.

"The majority of the people we consulted (…) believe that this should help protect the independence of the committee, while providing additional mechanisms of accountability"says Brent Harris, head of governance at Facebook.

"We hope everyone will trust this independent organization to make their voices heard, and will know that Facebook does not have the ultimate power over their freedom of expression."said Mark Zuckerberg.

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The social network, used by more than 2 billion people around the world, seeks to prevent the publication and sharing of articles and images considered inappropriate according to its own charter, while taking care to respect freedom of expression .

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