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Oversight Board, Facebook’s independent appeals body, goes live

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Facebook's Oversight Board — a court of appeals of sorts for the social media giant — has gone live. Facebook and Instagram users whose content has been taken down can appeal to the Oversight Board (OSB) for independent review, it announced on Thursday. However, users cannot yet flag content that they want taken down from these platforms. The OSB was first proposed in November 2018, after years of Facebook being subject to intense criticism for its lacklustre enforcement of its content moderation policy and community standards. The board, which will have 40 members, is structured an independent entity whose decisions will be binding on Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that the OSB's decisions cannot be overruled by the company. The OSB will be hearing appeals on content removal on both Facebook and Instagram. For the purposes of this article, we will refer to both of them as "Facebook". OSB will take appeals only for content removal, for now For now, the board will allow users to only challenge content removals by Facebook. Users need to exhaust their appeals with Facebook before they can approach the OSB.  Users will not yet be able to flag content that they want removed. The board said this feature will be given to people in the coming months.  Meanwhile, Facebook can refer cases to the board on an "ongoing basis", including in emergency circumstances under an "Expedited Review Process". Essentially, for regular users, the process of reaching the OSB stage could take several days. On…

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