Facebook: Balancing freedom of expression and users’ protection

Eleonora Maria Mazzoli of the London School of Economics and Political Science discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the plan for an Oversight Board.

As part of the LSE Law, Technology and Society event series, organised by the Law Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Kate Klonick, Assistant Professor at St. John’s University Law School, New York, held an insightful seminar about her recent experience at Facebook during the development of the Global Oversight Board for content moderation. In view of the launch of Facebook’s new governance body – expected later this year – Klonick’s work is timely and extremely relevant. The seminar discussion and her upcoming article(1) explore how the board has been developed in the past 12 months, while addressing numerous open questions around content policy, social media self-regulation, freedom of speech and privacy online. This article builds on Klonick’s insights, and strives to give an overview of the Board, its governance and its potential limitations.

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