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Facebook’s Oversight Board announces first batch of cases, will consider matters of hate speech, nudity

Facebook Oversight Board
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Facebook's Oversight Board, an independent body that reviews moderation decisions by the social media giant, has chosen six cases concerning hate speech by politicians, nudity, politico-religious speech, and "dangerous organisations", as the first batch of cases it will review in the coming days. None of these cases concern India directly. The OSB was first proposed in November 2018, in response to several years of criticism faced by Facebook over its unsatisfactory content moderation activity. It is meant to be an independent body that can review moderation decisions taken by Facebook. The first 20 members of the board were announced in May this year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has claimed the OSB's decisions cannot be overruled by his company. The OSB had started accepting appeals from Facebook users in October. In its latest announcement, it said it had received more than 20,000 appeals so far. "As the Board cannot hear every appeal, we are prioritising cases that have the potential to affect lots of users around the world, are of critical importance to public discourse or raise important questions about Facebook's policies," it said. Interestingly, the OSB has chosen to ignore the accusations of political bias against Facebook India executives. The OSB had earlier told MediaNama that cases such as these were what it expected to consider as it begins operating. Five of the cases being considered by the OSB were referred via user appeals; the sixth one was referred by Facebook itself. A user submitted Facebook posts and tweets made by…

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