What Meta’s Oversight Board Tells Us About the Prospects for Self-Regulatory Dispute Settlement

Should private social media companies have a free hand in deciding what content to allow on their platforms? Governments from the European Union to India to the U.S. states of Texas and Florida are increasingly answering no, as they seek to co-exist with a range of self-regulatory initiatives created by the platforms. Meta – formerly Facebook – has gone furthest in establishing a self-regulatory mechanism, creating an appeals process for Facebook and Instagram users who disagree with its content moderation decisions in the form of a quasi-judicial Oversight Board. This body of independent experts, established in late 2020, determines … Read more