“Every day, teams at Facebook make difficult decisions about what content should stay up and what should come down,” begins a document published by the social network, outlining its plans to set up an external ‘content oversight’ board. “A body of independent experts who will review Facebook’s most challenging content decisions – focusing on important and disputed cases. It will share its decisions transparently and give reasons for them,” as the draft puts it.
And this *is* a draft: Facebook sees it as “a starting point for discussion on how the board should be designed and formed” while raising unanswered questions about the process too. Facebook’s suggestions include making the board “a diverse set of up to 40 global experts” serving part-time for three-year stints; the ability for both users and Facebook to refer questions to this board; and a set of values drawn up by Facebook, which the board members will have to agree to before starting work.