BSR releases human rights review of Facebook's Oversight Board
The purpose of our human rights review is to inform the governance and operations of the Oversight Board such that it is consistent with human rights-based approaches, principles, standards, and methodologies... One important challenge [is that while]... efforts to provide access to remedy in other industries typically meet the needs of a limited number of rightsholders... the Facebook Oversight Board needs to meet the needs of billions of rightsholders.
... Three high-level insights emerged:
- We determined that all human rights... can be impacted by content decisions...[thus] it will be important for the Oversight Board to understand the various human rights impacts at stake in each case.
- The Oversight Board can help prevent and mitigate future human rights harms through both policy recommendations to Facebook and through the action Facebook takes to implement Oversight Board decisions...
- ... [I]t will be important for the Oversight Board to have a mechanism to identify novel cases, emerging trends, and cases that may become more prevalent or severe alongside upcoming social, political, or economic developments. This will enable the Oversight Board to proactively address areas of risk.
... BSR undertook the human rights review at the same time that Facebook created the Oversight Board, thus enabling Facebook to integrate many of our recommendations...The result is an Oversight Board more consistent with human rights... While many companies have created advisory committees to provide guidance on human rights topics, to our knowledge, no company has ever established an independent body in this way... [and] it represents a significant innovation in the field of business and human rights.