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Social Media Giant Facebook Outlines Ideas About Outside Oversight Board

The board members will be as diverse as possible with different backgrounds, disciplines and viewpoints, but they should represent the general interests of Facebook users, Harris said

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FILE - The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square, March 29, 2018. VOA

US social media giant Facebook on Thursday unveiled detailed outlines for an “outside board” composed of independent experts weighing in on the process of content review on its platform.

Brent Harris, Director of Governance and Global Affairs at Facebook, said company staff have travelled extensively since early this year around the world to seek feedback from more than 650 people in 88 different countries and regions, as well as other sources on how to manage users’ appeal of content decisions, the Xinhua news agency reported.

“We had personal discussions with more than 250 people and received over 1,200 public consultation submissions” on the content review process, he said.

According to a report that summarised all the feedback and recommendations, Facebook will build an independent board whose judgment will not be affected by governments, any third parties or even Facebook itself.

While reviewing content on the Facebook platform, the board will need to solicit suggestions from “experts with specific cultural knowledge, technical expertise and an understanding of content moderation.”

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FILE – Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc’s F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, United States. VOA

The board members will be as diverse as possible with different backgrounds, disciplines and viewpoints, but they should represent the general interests of Facebook users, Harris said.

He noted that the board will consist of 40 members and the body’s charter is expected to be ready in August.

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Facebook has been under strong criticism for its failure to effectively manage speech of hate or violence that occasionally popped up on its platform, although the company has claimed that it has adopted enhanced measures to keep its community safe and secure.

The world’s largest social media network has employed more than 30,000 content viewers, in addition to the use of artificial intelligence technology such as machine learning, to monitor online posts and content of a community formed by about 2.4 billion people around the world. (IANS)

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Facebook, Instagram Down Again, Users Clueless: Report

The biggest outage Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram faced was in March that lasted for more than 14 hours. Facebook blamed a 'database' overload for the problem

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Users from different parts of the world took to Twitter on Tuesday to report problems using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, including several parts in the US and the UK.

According to Downdetector website which monitors online outages, the outages did not appear to hit the entire Facebook network but several areas reported disruption in services.

While 63 per cent reported a total blackout, 19 per cent had problems in logging in while 16 per cent faced problems with their News Feed.

“Facebook always getting hacked and now disabled… Why can’t Facebook work right. I can’t get on my new account because it was disabled,” posted an user.

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

“Okay, is Facebook Messenger down?” posted another. Users said the Facebook app failed to send or load messages.

The social networking platform was yet to identify or comment on the latest outage.

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Facebook and Instagram suffered a total outage in the UK and in some parts of Europe in September as thousands of users went on to Twitter to complain about not being able to use the social media platforms.

The biggest outage Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram faced was in March that lasted for more than 14 hours. Facebook blamed a ‘database’ overload for the problem. (IANS)