Meet the three Africans on Facebook’s Oversight Board

Mohammed Awal May 12, 2020 at 12:00pm

May 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm | Tech & Innovation

Mohammed Awal

Mohammed Awal

May 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm | Tech & Innovation

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Facebook on May 7 announced the appointment of some 20 persons to the newly created Facebook and Instagram Oversight Board. The board has been tasked to review whether the content is consistent with Facebook and Instagram’s policies and values.

Also, it must ensure that freedom of expression within the framework of international norms of human rights is upheld. The Board will further make decisions based on these principles, and the impact on users and society, without regard to Facebook’s economic, political, or reputational interests. 

The four co-Chairs and 16 other members announced were drawn from around the world. They speak over 27 languages and represent diverse professional, cultural, political, and religious backgrounds and viewpoints. 

“Over time we expect to grow the Board to around 40 Members. While we cannot claim to represent everyone, we are confident that our global composition will underpin, strengthen, and guide our decision-making,” the company said.

This article, therefore, looks at the three Africans among the membership.

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