[Governance] Fw: Oversight Board Update: First Cases Announced

Ayden Férdeline ayden at ferdeline.com
Tue Dec 1 08:15:58 EST 2020

Dear all,

In case of interest - the first cases that Facebook's Oversight Board will deliberate on are mentioned below. Note in particular the very short (7 day) public comment window.

Ayden Férdeline

> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
> On Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 14:01, XXX wrote:
>> Greetings, 
>> Today, we are announcing the first six cases that will be reviewed by the Oversight Board. You can read our updates and see the summaries of these cases [here](https://www.oversightboard.com/news/833880990682078-the-oversight-board-is-now-accepting-cases/). More than 20,000 cases were referred to the Oversight Board since October 2020. The cases selected were prioritized based on the potential affect to lots of users around the world or because they are of critical importance to public discourse.
>> The cases selected:
>> - Include commentary on global issues, including China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
>> - Raise questions on the nature of information shared on public health matters including breast cancer and COVID-19.
>> - Include reference to prominent political figures; one involving commentsby a former Malaysian Prime Minister about violence against French people, and one where the user appealed against the removal of an alleged quote from the Nazi propaganda minister on the basis of drawing comparisons to the current US presidency.
>> The Board has created a process to invite third parties to share their inputs and perspectives on cases. Anyone interested in sharing their perspectives with the Board will have 7 days to submit a comment through our public comment portal. The deadline to submit your comments via the portal for these first 6 cases is Tuesday, December 8th, at 8:00am ET. These public comments will equip Board Members with valuable insights into matters including local context and the application of human rights.
>> To further discuss this new process, and answer any questions you may have, we are hosting “Office Hours” this week, with three drop-in sessions:
>> - Wednesday, December 2nd 8:00am – 10:00am ET
>> - Wednesday, December 2nd 5:00pm – 7:00pm ET
>> - Thursday, December 3rd 10:00am – 12:00pm ET
>> Sign up here for the session that best fits your schedule and time zone. You will receive a Zoom link the day before the session.
>> The session format will be open Q&A and Chatham House rules.
>> If you are unable to attend, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. We are here to help you navigate engagement with the Oversight Board and listen to your feedback.
>> Thank you,
>> The Oversight Board Engagement Team
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