Jul 17, 2020

Alan Rusbridger: Facebook oversight board must avoid 'half-baked judgements'

A member of Facebook's new oversight board has warned that it should avoid launching too quickly. Mr Rusbridger also acknowledged calls for existing members of the board to weigh in on whether Facebook should follow Twitter in labelling and hiding some of President Donald Trump's posts. Its eventual 40 members will be paid by Facebook but are intended to act as an independent body. Mr Rusbridger, a former editor-in-chief of the Guardian, acknowledged that many people were sceptical about the initiative but said it was "Worth a try" to see whether the board could help Facebook's "Engineers think through the moral, legal, editorial and ethical considerations that they have to wrestle with". Will you publish your recommendations before Facebook has decided whether to listen to them or not?

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