Facebook’s supervisory committee will start hearing cases before the U.S. election
- The 20-person team will rule on cases that begin in mid-to-late October.
Facebook has confirmed that its supervisory committee set up to monitor moderate disputes across the company’s platform will start hearing cases as early as mid-October, just before the November election in the United States via the Financial Times.
A spokesperson told Engadget: “Since the appointment of the first 20 supervisory committee members in May, we have been helping them get up and running as quickly as possible.” “We look forward to the board hearing the case in mid-to-late October.”
The committee will be composed of journalists, lawyers, and activists in various political fields, and will make rulings based on appeals from Facebook and Instagram users and issues within the company.
The new software tool will help them, “the tool allows members to safely access and view case information from anywhere in the world,” and will receive training on company community standards and policy processes.
Since appointing the top 20 supervisory committee members in May, we have been helping them get up and running as quickly as possible. This includes finalizing a new software tool that allows members to safely access and view case information from anywhere in the world; and training them on our community standards and policy development process. We expect the board of directors to start hearing the case in mid-to-late October.
Soon after the establishment of the board of directors, Facebook announced that it would not be ready until “late autumn,” which raised concerns that the US election was too late.
It looks like it will be faster now, although there is not much time to spend before voting takes place on November 3. Besides, after the initial appeal, the decision may take up to three months.
Facebook said it tried to speed up this process without compromising quality. The company said: “It takes time to establish a comprehensive, principled and effective process on a global scale. Our members have been actively striving to start it as soon as possible.”
The board of directors includes former “Guardian” editor-in-chief Alan Rothbridge, former European Court of Human Rights judge Andras Saho, former Danish Prime Minister Heller Sonnen Schmidt, and liberal Cato Research.
The vice-chairman of the institute, John Samps. Facebook has set aside $130 million for the board of directors but said its decision may not necessarily set a precedent, and it can only handle certain content.
Most importantly, Facebook made it clear that it can still control everything that happens on the site.