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Social Networking Giant Facebook Wants Your Views on Content Oversight Board

“In June, we’ll publish a report summarising what we’ve learned through these submissions and in the broader conversations we’re having,” Harris said

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Facebook is inviting inputs from people around the world to build an independent body that will be able to reverse the social networking giant’s decisions about allowing or removing certain posts on the platform.

Given the size of its community — over two billion globally — Facebook felt that it should not alone be making all the decisions about what content should stay up and what should come down, based on its community standards.

In November 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a plan for a new way for people to appeal content decisions to an independent board.

“Today, we’re opening a public consultation process to help us answer questions around the design for this Oversight Board,” Brent Harris, Facebook’s Director of Governance and Oversight Board, wrote in a blog post on Monday.

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“This is another part of our ongoing, global engagement with a wide range of organisations, think-tanks and researchers to determine how best to empower this entity to render independent judgment on some of Facebook’s most important and challenging content decisions,” Harris said.

There are two sections of this consultation. The first section is a questionnaire and the second section includes three essay questions, which will ask for open-ended perspectives on board membership, decisions and governance.

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“In June, we’ll publish a report summarising what we’ve learned through these submissions and in the broader conversations we’re having,” Harris said. (IANS)

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Facebook ‘Unintentionally’ Uploaded Emails of Nearly 1.5 mn Users

The social network said the contacts weren’t shared with anyone and are being deleted

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

In a latest privacy goof up, Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the emails of nearly 1.5 million of its users during the past three years.

A Facebook spokesperson admitted on late Wednesday that emails of 1.5 million people were harvested since May 2016 to help build Facebook’s web of social connections and recommend other users to add as friends.

First reported by Business Insider, the revelation came to light after a security researcher noticed that “Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities”.

“Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time,” the Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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FILE – A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Russian flag in this photo illustration, Aug. 3, 2018. VOA

“We’ve fixed the underlying issue and are notifying people whose contacts were imported,” Facebook said.

The social network said the contacts weren’t shared with anyone and are being deleted, reports CNET.

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“People can also review and manage the contacts they share with Facebook in their settings,” said the company.

Facebook is facing the heat over several data scandals, including the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal where personal information of up to 87 million users was leaked. (IANS)