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22 May 2019

Laura Reed, Medium

Commentary: Facebook's Oversight Board needs a broader mandate that integrates human rights principles

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Ranking Digital Rights has submitted a set of recommendations in response to Facebook’s call for feedback on its Draft Charter for its recently proposed Oversight Board — an independent body to which people can appeal Facebook’s content moderation decisions. Facebook has come under intensifying fire for the range of ways that its platform has been used to incite violence and spread disinformation campaigns — as well as for the lack of transparency around how it develops and enforces its Community Standards. The 2019 RDR Corporate Accountability Index... revealed that Facebook’s grievance and remedy mechanisms... were among the weakest of any company in the RDR Index... Our recommendations submitted to company representatives this week highlight the need for Facebook to clarify the Oversight Board’s role in implementing the company’s commitment to respect human rights... We also stress the need for the Oversight Board to contribute to the company’s human rights impact assessment process... David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, submitted a letter to Mark Zuckerberg urging Facebook to include human rights principles in the Board’s review standards.