Meta commits another $150 million to its Oversight Board

Meta is committed to keeping its oversight board up and running by providing ongoing financial support. The company has committed to fund the board’s activities by contributing an additional $150 million. Meta previously committed $130 million for board trusts when it was founded in 2019.

The oversight board says the money, which is irrevocable under the terms of the trust, can only be used to fund, manage and monitor its operations. “Through this continued financial commitment, Meta has given a vote of confidence in the work of the board and its efforts to apply the content standards of Facebook and Instagram in a way that protects freedom of expression and relevant human rights standards,” said Oversight Board Trust Chair Stephen Neal .

The oversight board reviews certain content moderation decisions made by Facebook and Instagram and makes meta recommendations. Through the lens of human rights standards, it also evaluates Meta’s policies and how it enforces them. The board claims to have received more than a million complaints from users against moderation decisions. To date, it has made 25 binding decisions on cases and made 118 policy proposals while asking many questions about Meta’s practices.

The board began making decisions on cases in January 2021, and it wasn’t long before an important case fell into its lap: Meta’s decision to indefinitely suspend Donald Trump from its platforms following the events of January 6, 2021 . The board eventually decided that Meta was “fair” to block Trump, but argued that its reasoning for an indefinite ban meant that suspending Trump indefinitely was not within the company’s jurisdiction. Therefore, Meta limited the suspension to two years.

The oversight board had an impact on other meta-moderation decisions and policies, to the point where the company said it couldn’t keep up with all of the recommendations. Among other things, Meta has expanded its community standards to include an exception for satire, clarified its rules on hate speech, and tightened its anti-doxing guidelines. Meanwhile, the board has criticized Meta on other fronts, such as a lack of transparency on VIP moderation rules.

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