Understanding The New Facebook Supreme Court
On April 2, 2018 Mark Zuckerberg had an interview with Ezra Klein of the Ezra Klein Show. During the interview, announced his plans to establish a social media high court.
Answering cries from his “followers” seeking digital justice for content being wrongfully removed or legitimate Facebook Accounts being shut down, Zuckerberg insinuated establishing a Facebook “Supreme Court”.to address this problem.
It is Mark’s intention to create a new appeals process. It will be comprised of an independent tribunal, set up to hear complaints from individuals within the Facebook community.
“You can imagine some sort of structure, almost like a [Facebook] Supreme Court, that is made up of independent folks who don’t work for Facebook, who ultimately make the final judgment call on what should be acceptable speech in a community that reflects the social norms and values of people all around the world,“ Zuckerberg said.
So, what can we expect from the worlds largest social media platform?
Creating An Independent Appeal Process
Currently, if you post something on Facebook and the content is marked by someone as “offensive” without any questions, your content is removed.
Then, Facebook’s “Review Team” looks at it and makes a determination rather it violates community “standards”.
This check and balance method works!
For example, while checking Facebook, I was astonished to see a picture of a small dog with his bottom jaw gone. I was appalled to say the least and quickly reported the image and it was removed.
Also, with the rise of violence in our (America’s) schools and murder committed LIVE on Facebook, truly SOMETHING must be done to control the content displayed to our family and children. So, we applaud Mark’s attention here.
Not All That Glitters…
However, just like “not all that glitters is gold,” neither should all content that is marked as offensive be taken down.
The amount of content marked as offensive keeps Facebook’s Support Team busy enough.
Add in all of the Support Request received DAILY from honest community members whose content was blocked!
And now, because of system overwhelm, Mark wants to set up the Facebook Supreme Court to help relieve some of the backlog and help the community receive a fair hearing.
First, content will be gauged based upon current Facebook Community Standards. And, once the Facebook Supreme Court is established, you will have a process in which you can appeal their decision!
“What I’d really like to get to is an independent appeal. So maybe folks at Facebook make the first decision based on the community standards that are outlined, and then people can get a second opinion,” he said.
Where do we go from here?
given Facebook’s sheer size, some kind of enhanced oversight seems all but inevitable.”
And, in Zuckerberg’s vision, he wants to see an independent appeal process.
Katie Collins of C|Net believes, “He will consult experts to try to come up with some models for having more community-oriented governance.”
I can’t help but wonder what type of model they would suggest.
Would the Facebook Supreme Court be the FINAL authority over what the “community” considers offensive?
Will the EXPERTS Facebook consults advise an appeal system similar to America’s?
And, will the Facebook Supreme Court be the final authority like the United States Supreme Court?
We feel The Zuck is on the right track!
We hope to hear more of Mark’s Social Media High Court soon.
Not only is the Facebook community ready.
We can’t imagine how many people setting up such a system will employ.
Justice AND jobs? Thank you, Mr. Zuckerberg.
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