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As Facebook prepares to outsource tough content decisions to its new ‘Supreme Court,’ experts warn it still operates within a dictatorship and can’t legislate a better government

Facebook is launching its “oversight board” in October, a pseudo-independent group that can review – and overrule – the company’s decisions on difficult content moderation cases. The Oversight Board has been described as a “Supreme Court” tasked with interpreting Facebook’s complex content policies. Julie Owono, an inaugural board member, told […]
As Facebook prepares to outsource tough content decisions to its new ‘Supreme Court,’ experts warn it still operates within a dictatorship and can’t legislate a better government
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Sen. Ron Wyden accused Trump of ‘working the refs’ by pulling the renomination of an FCC commissioner who had questioned the president’s executive order targeting social media companies

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden slammed Trump for withdrawing an FCC commissioner’s renomination and accused him of “working the refs,” in an interview with The Verge. The White House abruptly pulled its nomination of MIchael O’Rielly to serve another term as FCC commissioner following his criticism of Trump’s executive order taking […]
Sen. Ron Wyden accused Trump of ‘working the refs’ by pulling the renomination of an FCC commissioner who had questioned the president’s executive order targeting social media companies
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YouTube has been auto-deleting comments about China’s government-sponsored hacker army, but says it is ‘an error in our enforcement systems’

YouTube has been deleting comments on videos with the phrases “共匪” (“Communist Bandit”) or “五毛” (“50 Cent Party”) – terms that are associated with criticism of the Chinese government. The phrases are derogatory in nature, and the latter is a more recent invention that specifically refers to internet users who […]
YouTube has been auto-deleting comments about China’s government-sponsored hacker army, but says it is ‘an error in our enforcement systems’
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Mark Zuckerberg struggles to curry favour with the EU, with sceptical lawmakers questioning Facebook’s dominance and the spread of coronavirus misinformation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with EU lawmakers in Brussels this week, and they’re not making things easy for him. Zuckerberg is speaking to competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager, internal market commissioner Thierry Breton, and justice chief Vera Jourova. On Wednesday, Vestager and Breton are set to announce proposals to […]
Mark Zuckerberg struggles to curry favour with the EU, with sceptical lawmakers questioning Facebook’s dominance and the spread of coronavirus misinformation