Meta Commits Additional $150 Million to its Oversight Board


Meta’s Oversight Board has announced that the company has agreed to commit an additional $150 million, which is in addition to the initial $130 million when it was founded in 2019.

Meta’s Oversight Board was established by the company after Meta (then Facebook) became apparent that it should not have been making decisions about speech and safety online. Meta has argued that the board was created to help answer “the most difficult questions around freedom of expression” including “what to take down, what to leave up, and why.”

The Board says that the new injection of $150 million has been applied to its Trust, is irrevocable, and can only be used to fulfill the purpose of funding, managing, and overseeing the operation of the Oversight Board.

“Meta has made an ongoing financial commitment to support the Board’s efforts to use Facebook and Instagram content standards in ways that respect freedom of expression, and relevant human rights standards.” Stephen Neal is the chairperson of Oversight Board Trust.

The Board says that since it was formed, it has received more than a million user appeals that challenge Meta’s content moderation decisions. It has, in response, applied human rights standard on content issues ranging from hate speech to COVID-19 misinformation which it used to evaluate Meta’s policies and enforcement.

We’re delighted to announce that Meta has committed ongoing financial support for the Board, including a new $150 million contribution to the Oversight Board Trust to support our operations.

— Oversight Board (@OversightBoard) July 22, 2022

“Through 25 binding case decisions, 118 policy recommendations, and hundreds of publicly reported questions, the Board is systematically improving Meta’s approach to content policy decisions on its platforms,” the Board says.

In April, the Meta Oversight Board added the ability for users to appeal for the removal of photos from Facebook and Instagram after they had exhausted Facebook’s normal appeals process. Before that, users of Meta’s platforms had been able to appeal content to the Board which they believe should be restored, but the change allowed users to appeal content that they believe should be removed from Facebook or Instagram.

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