Does Facebook’s Oversight Board Promote International Human Rights?

For the fourth Practitioner-Scholar Roundtable hosted by the ActInCourts Network, we will discuss the role of the Facebook Oversight Board in international human rights. You can RSVP via our Eventbrite link.

The Oversight Board is one of the most significant innovations in global human rights governance, affecting freedom of expression and other rights for over 2.5 billion users. Facebook created the Board to provide independent review of its decisions and policies regarding content on Facebook and Instagram. Since its launch in early 2021, the Board has issued decisions ranging from the suspension of President Trump’s Facebook account to the removal of hateful content in France, Myanmar, Colombia and South Africa. It has frequently overturned Facebook’s decisions and issued policy recommendations.

This panel will discuss whether and how the Oversight Board adds to the international human rights architecture, undermines it, or does something quite different. The discussion will be led by: