Facebook board will decide on cases of ‘greatest public benefit’

FILE PHOTO: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes his keynote speech during Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

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Facebook’s new ‘supreme court’ would hear cases and make decisions that ‘are of greatest public benefit,’ the social media giant has announced.

These could number around a dozen a year and be up to the discretion of the board, they added.

This is just one of the rules outlined by Facebook for its new body which will form the last stop for cases involving content that has gone beyond the company’s existing appeals processes.

Although there is no current start date for the board, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg explained that the board would independent of influence from key figures within Facebook.

‘The board’s decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it,’ Zuckerberg said.

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As for those whom would make up the board, Facebook states that recruitment of its first 11 members has already started with the intention of expanding this to its total 40.

These members are anticipated to be former professionals from a mix of backgrounds including the judiciary and the media. These individuals are expected to serve a three year terms with a limit of serving for a total of three consecutive terms in office.

Zuckerberg said that, ‘As an independent organisation, we hope it gives people confidence that their views will be heard, and that Facebook doesn’t have the ultimate power over their expression.’

News of the board’s creation comes in the wake of criticism against Facebook for shootings which were filmed using Facebook live and the collection of 87 million Facebook users personal information through Cambridge Analytica and involvement.