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Facebook to create "Supreme Court" to hear content moderation appeals

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Attorney Steve® Breaking IP Legal News - Facebook "Supreme Court" to launch in 2020


Many people have been complaining about having their social media posts taken down because someone flagged it as offensive or in violation of facebook, instagram (and even twitter - not covered by this new court, but possibly in the future). Other complain that it is "political correctness gone wild."  Lawmakers and regulators in the United States have been taking a look at regulation wondering if these lkarge social media platforms have too much power to control, silence, and "chill" free speech.  To me, this is a smart form of "self-regulation" seeking to create a separate and independent "court" that will hear select appeals on some of the more significant issues (apparently, only select cses will be heard), and also, the court will issue "advisory opinions" at the request of facebook.  This looks like we will be creating a body of "social media common law" and if successful, the court may hear cases from other social media platforms in the future.  This is yet to be determined.

The oversight board will ultimately consist of 40 members, but may start with as few as 11.  Cases will be heard by 5 member boards who will decide the case.  The decision will be FINAL and BINDING (unless Facebook determines that the decision will violate the law).  The board is designed to be independent and diverse in background.  The members will serve for 3 years.

Keep in mind, social media platforms like instagram, twitter and facebook are PRIVATELY OWNED, so technically they do not need to comply with the first amendment (which applies to governmental entitites).  

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