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Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ Overrules It, Orders Banned Posts Restored

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Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ Overrules It, Orders Banned Posts Restored

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Facebook’s new “Supreme Court” ruled against Facebook 4 out of 5 times in its first batch of content-moderation rulings released to the public. The company’s recently staffed Oversight Board enjoys an independent funding stream and the company cannot fire its members. Facebook has vowed to obey the board’s rulings unless contrary to law. Facebook currently has 2.7 billion users worldwide and 15,000 content moderators, according to Ars Technica. The rulings dealing with takedown decisions by content moderators, who reportedly work in “sweatshop” conditions, offer some insight into Facebook’s byzantine, seemingly arbitrary content-moderation process in which the company deletes posts, offering vague justifications for the censorship, or without explaining why. Conservatives say Facebook engages in viewpoint discrimination and frequently censors posts on topics of interest to them such as election fraud and the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, the CCP virus that causes the disease COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and …

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