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Facebook's Oversight Board is finally hearing cases, two years after it was first announced

October 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before the House Financial Services Committee on "An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors" in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on October 23, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Facebook's court-like Oversight Board for appealing content decisions will now begin receiving cases, officials said Thursday, marking the launch of what CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised two years ago would be an independent accountability mechanism for the world's largest social media platform.

(CNN Business)Facebook's court-like Oversight Board for appealing content decisions will now begin receiving cases, officials said Thursday, marking the launch of what CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised two years ago would be an independent accountability mechanism for the world's largest social media platform.

While the Oversight Board may receive cases related to election content, it will be up to board members to decide whether to act on them — not Facebook.

In preparation for the launch, Facebook this week also began identifying content cases that it plans to refer to the Oversight Board for rulings under a separate track from individual users.

Once Facebook has declared a case closed, users will receive a unique content identifier that they can use to appeal their case to the Oversight Board on a separate website.

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