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Introducing the Oversight Board: Next Steps for Facebook’s Independent Oversight Body.
In recent years it has become clear that Facebook should not be making so many unilateral decisions about speech and online safety. In May 2020, the Oversight Board was established to make binding and independent decisions on Facebook’s most challenging content decisions, and to deliver a more thorough, principled and globally effective approach to content moderation for the world’s biggest social network. On October 22nd, the Oversight Board started accepting cases from users and Facebook, and in the coming weeks the Board will be announcing its first cases. Thomas Hughes, Director of the Oversight Board Administration, explains how the Board was created and what comes next.
Thomas Hughes is the Director of the Oversight Board Administration. Thomas was previously the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, an international human rights organization that defends and promotes freedom of expression and information worldwide. Before that, Hughes was the Executive Director and founder of Diversity, an international advertising network for online news media in human rights restricted countries and a co-founder of VirtualRoad.org, a secure hosting service that protects the websites of news media and civil society organizations. Prior to this he has worked as the Deputy Director of the media development organization International Media Support (IMS), and has also had roles with the European Commission, United Nations and Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Hughes has been an advisor on human rights to previous UK Foreign Secretaries and is a governor at the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).