From Zero Hedge
Facebook’s Oversight Board – comprised of 20 journalists, politicians and judges from around the world – has overturned four out of five cases in which the social media giant removed posts for violating its policies on hate speech, violence or other issues, according to NBC News.
The first-ever rulings do not include whether or not to overturn former President Trump’s account in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, which the oversight board will consider in the weeks ahead.
Facebook says it will abide by the board’s decisions.
Formed last year and tasked with passing judgement on decisions made by the social media giant’s overwhelmingly liberal moderators, the Oversight Board claims total independence – and based on Thursday’s rulings – appears to favor free speech over woke activism.
“For all board members, you start with the supremacy of free speech,” said board member Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian. “Then you look at each case and say, what’s the cause in this particular case why free speech should be curtailed?”
The first round of cases involved posts that were removed for violating policies. Not only were 80% of them overturned, the board called on Facebook to provide users with greater clarity over its policies and how it plans to enforce them, according to the report.
Originally Published on Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden – Read Full Article Here