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September 13th Statement from the Real Facebook Oversight Board:

Today’s bombshell report in The Wall Street Journal that Facebook allowed at least 5.8 million users to be exempt from its terms of service enforcement is yet another example of Facebook’s complete failure to responsibly moderate content or oversee its own platforms.

“We are not actually doing what we say we do publicly,” an internal memo warned, as Facebook has been caught out giving special treatment to public figures.

The report also reveals that Facebook lied to its own Oversight Board. But having been lied to, the Oversight Board has…

Question to FB Again is: Human Rights or Dictators?

AUGUST 11; The Facebook Oversight Board today released a ruling that could be a make or break decision showing whether or not Facebook will uphold international human rights standards, as the Oversight Board’s Co-Chair Helle Thorning-Schmidt has pledged, or will continue to follow national laws even under repressive and authoritarian regimes.

The Oversight Board made the same argument civil rights and human rights experts have been making for years — Facebook is completely failing to human moderate content in native languages, relying instead on AI translation that removes context and meaning.

It shouldn’t take their Oversight Board telling them for…

AUGUST 4: Yesterday, Facebook disabled the accounts of NYU’s Ad Observatory team, claiming they are scraping data in violation of the company’s terms of service. The lead researcher, Laura Edelson, is a member of the Real Facebook Oversight Board and led urgent and critical work ahead of the 2020 election in scrutinizing political advertising.

The Real Facebook Oversight Board issued the following statement:

Independent external analysis of Facebook content from academic institutions like the NYU Ad Observatory has exposed Facebook as a breeding ground for disinformation and right wing extremism.

📣 RFOB Quarterly Disinfo Report: New Research Shows 83% of #1 Facebook Posts In Q2 Came From Disinformation Superspreaders; Facebook Still Profiting off of Trump; Body Bags at FB HQ In DC; Advocates Issue New Demands on Disinformation, News Feed 📣

Washington D.C. — Ahead of Facebook’s Q2 Earnings Call, the Real Facebook Oversight Board today released its Quarterly Harms Report with new data showing Facebook’s real story for Q2 2021: Profit from hate, deadly disinformation and a continued role as the platform of choice for right wing extremists.


Today the Real Facebook Oversight Board published our Q2 Facebook Harms Report — a deep-dive into Facebook’s impact on democracy, privacy, and human life this financial quarter. Our research and analysis layout Facebook’s serious problem with disinformation hosted on their platform and their active choice not to act on it. Facebook also failed to adequately deal with former President Trump by not only allowing his affiliate PACs to raise money on the platform and announcing his potential reinstatement to the platform in January 2023 despite inciting an insurrection that led to his impeachment. While…

Statement from the Real Facebook Oversight Board:

JULY 18 — We stand with President Biden, and share the view that Facebook’s lack of oversight and any coherent content moderation strategy is driving vaccinations down and COVID infections up. Let’s look at the facts:

Statement for attribution from the Real Facebook Oversight Board on today’s release by Facebook of their first Quarterly Update on the Oversight Board:

Facebook claims to be fully or in part implementing 14 of the Facebook Oversight Board’s 18 recommendations. How would we know? Are we just supposed to take their word for it? This is the company that just this week was found to have lost a critical moderation policy for over three years, and has been shown by two New York Times reporters to be one of the most dishonest corporate actors in global history.

There is no…

The Real Facebook Oversight Board welcomes the executive order President Biden signed on Friday titled “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.” The executive order aims to rein in Facebook (and others) mass accumulation of users data, provide greater scrutiny over mergers, and establish competition rules on the online marketplace. These are all important steps to curtailing Facebook’s market dominance and surveillance-based business model. The following statements are from board members of the Real Facebook Oversight Board:

Jessica Gonzalez, RFOB Board Member — I’m pleased that President Biden’s executive order recognizes that “Big Tech platforms are gathering too much personal information”…

JUNE 15 — The Real Facebook Oversight Board issued the following statement for attribution on today’s referral of a case on the appropriateness of sharing residential addresses of Facebook users without consent on its platforms to the Oversight Board:

Facebook can’t even be trusted to make even the most basic, common sense content moderation decisions. Sharing home addresses without consent? Seems bad! But then again Facebook allowed a breach of nearly half a billion users personal data without accountability.

This case, while not as shiny as the Trump Ban, is yet another example of the pointlessness of the Facebook Oversight…

Announcement Raises More Questions than Answers About Facebook’s Chaotic Approach — What About Bannon? Bolsonaro? Will Facebook Examine Its Role in the January 6th Insurrection?

JUNE 4: Today’s decision is yet another example of Facebook’s use of ‘accountability theater’. It set up the Oversight Board to offshore its most difficult decisions and today it has used it to cloak another shrouded arbitrary decision in an air of accountability. It is not.

While many people will breathe a sigh of relief today that Facebook has banned Donald Trump for a further two years, this decision only goes to underline the enormous…

Real Facebook Oversight Board

An emergency response to the ongoing harms on Facebook’s platforms from leading global scholars, experts and advocates.

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