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    Facebook is passing the buck by allowing its 'supreme court' oversight board to decide whether Donald Trump should be permanently banned from the social media platform in what will be a major test for the recently formed panel. Trump had his Facebook and Instagram accounts suspended in the wake of the deadly January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol at the hands of MAGA mob rioters.  The social media giant said on Thursday that it stands by its decision to suspend Trump's accounts but will defer to the quasi-independent oversight board, which is known informally as the Facebook 'supreme court', to determine if it should be upheld permanently.    The board was created last year to rule on thorny content issues, such as when posts constitute hate speech, or - in this case - if the major decision to ban a world leader was the right one.  Its ruling on Trump,...
    WASHINGTON -- Facebook is passing the buck for its indefinite suspension of former President Donald Trump to a quasi-independent oversight board, setting up a major test of the recently established panel.The social media giant said Thursday that it believes it made the right decision to suspend Trump after he incited his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in a deadly assault on Jan. 6. But it said it's referring the matter to the oversight board for what it called an "independent judgment" on upholding the decision.Facebook's panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when posts constitute hate speech - or if the decision to ban a world leader was the right one. It is empowered to make binding rulings - that is, ones that can't be overturned by CEO Mark Zuckerberg - on whether posts or ads violate the company's rules. Any other findings will be...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is passing the buck for its indefinite suspension of former president Donald Trump to a quasi-independent oversight board, setting up a major test of the recently established panel. The social media giant said Thursday that it believes it made the right decision to suspend Trump after he incited his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in a deadly assault on Jan. 6. But it said it’s referring the matter to the oversight board for what it called an “independent judgment” on upholding the decision. Facebook’s panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when posts constitute hate speech — or if the decision to ban a world leader was the right one. It is empowered to make binding rulings — that is, ones that can’t be overturned by CEO Mark Zuckerberg — on whether posts or ads violate the company’s rules. Any...
    ALBANY — Outraged over the Cuomo administration’s recent stream of parole approvals for convicted cop-killers Herman Bell and Anthony Bottom and murderer-rapist Samuel Ayala, Republican state lawmakers are introducing a new bill giving the Legislature more oversight of the state parole board. State Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Syracuse) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R-Gowanda) are introducing a bill that would strengthen legislative surveillance over the state Parole Board, slamming recent releases of individuals and arguing they do not take into account the feelings of victims. “The recent decisions by the parole board granting release to violent offenders such as Samuel Ayala and Herman Bell and Anthony Bottom are textbook examples of what’s wrong with this board. If these heinous actions don’t warrant a full sentence, what does?” Barclay seethed. “We need to continue to fight for the victims of violent crimes and create laws that help protect them, not make...
    A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network's early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an "oversight board" to rival the company's own. The group says Facebook is taking too long to set up its oversight panel, which they argue is too limited in its scope and autonomy. The critics, who include early investor Roger McNamee, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Shoshana Zuboff, author of "Surveillance Capitalism," are warning that Facebook is already being used to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election and are calling for "proper independent scrutiny" of the company. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The group, however, has no authority over Facebook. Rather, its founders say they want to sound the alarm about Facebook's role in the coming election.  Bill Evanina, National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) director, said this summer...
    OAKLAND (AP) — A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network’s early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an “oversight board” to rival the company’s own. The group says Facebook is taking too long to set up its oversight panel, which they argue is too limited in its scope and autonomy. The critics, who include early investor Roger McNamee, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Shoshana Zuboff, author of “Surveillance Capitalism,” are warning that Facebook is already being used to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election and are calling for “proper independent scrutiny” of the company. The group, however, has no authority over Facebook and it is not an actual “board.” Rather, the group says it was started to sound the alarm about Facebook’s role in the coming election. The announcement Friday comes a day after...
    By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network's early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an “oversight board” to rival the company's own. The group says Facebook is taking too long to set up its oversight panel, which they argue is too limited in its scope and autonomy. The critics, who include early investor Roger McNamee, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Shoshana Zuboff, author of “Surveillance Capitalism,” are warning that Facebook is already being used to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election and are calling for “proper independent scrutiny” of the company. The group, however, has no authority over Facebook and it is not an actual “board.” Rather, the group says it was started to sound the alarm about Facebook’s role in the coming election....
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network’s early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an “oversight board” to rival the company’s own. The group says Facebook is taking too long to set up its oversight panel, which they argue is too limited in its scope and autonomy. The critics, who include early investor Roger McNamee, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Shoshana Zuboff, author of “Surveillance Capitalism,” are warning that Facebook is already being used to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election and are calling for “proper independent scrutiny” of the company. The group, however, has no authority over Facebook and it is not an actual “board.” Rather, the group says it was started to sound the alarm about Facebook’s role in the coming election. The announcement Friday comes...
    OAKLAND, Calif. – A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network's early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an “oversight board” to rival the company's own. The group says Facebook is taking too long to set up its oversight panel, which they argue is too limited in its scope and autonomy. The critics, who include early investor Roger McNamee, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Shoshana Zuboff, author of “Surveillance Capitalism,” are warning that Facebook is already being used to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election and are calling for “proper independent scrutiny” of the company. The group, however, has no authority over Facebook and it is not an actual “board.” Rather, the group says it was started to sound the alarm about Facebook’s role in the coming election. The announcement Friday comes a...
    Facebook’s long-delayed oversight board, which will have power to overrule Mark Zuckerberg on what content to censor, will launch next month ahead of the US presidential election. The independent body, which has been dubbed Facebook’s “Supreme Court,” includes a former prime minister, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a number of constitutional law experts among its 20 members. It will initially have the power to review decisions to take down posts from Facebook and Instagram, as well as to recommend policy changes. The board was created in the wake of withering criticism of Facebook’s high-profile moderation issues. The social network, for example, got blasted for removing a famous Vietnam War-era photo of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack after classifying it as child pornography. It has also taken heat for failing to combat hate speech in Myanmar against the Rohingya and other Muslims. Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of...
    Since the first 20 Oversight Board members were appointed back in May, we have been helping to get them up and running as quickly as possible. That has included finalizing a new software tool that allows members to securely access and review case information from anywhere in the world; and training them on our Community Standards and policy development processes. We look forward to the board beginning to hear cases in mid to late October. Shortly after launching the board, Facebook announced that it wouldn’t be ready until “late fall,” leading to fears that it would arrive too late for the US elections. It appears now that it will come sooner, though with not a lot of time to spare before votes are cast on November 3rd. Plus, decisions could take as long as three months after an appeal is first heard. Facebook said it tried to speed up the...
    Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., arrives for a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — Facebook's much-anticipated Oversight Board has confirmed that it is planning to launch ahead of the U.S. election on Nov. 3 after being criticized for a perceived lack of action.  The board will rule on appeals from Facebook and Instagram users and questions from Facebook itself, although it will have to pick and choose which content moderation cases to take due to the sheer volume of them. Following a report from The Financial Times, a spokesperson for the independent Oversight Board told CNBC that it expects to start in mid to late October.  "We are currently testing the newly deployed technical systems that will allow users to appeal and the Board to review cases. Assuming those tests...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Some members of the civilian commission that oversees the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are calling for Sheriff Alex Villanueva to resign.At a hearing Thursday, commission member Robert Bonner - a former federal judge and former head of the U.S. DEA - first put forward the idea, saying the members of the department deserved better."It's with great reluctance that I'm calling for Sheriff Villanueva to resign," Bonner said. "I don't take this step lightly. I only do so because it's become apparent that he has demonstrated on occasions that he lacks the judgment needed to be the sheriff and he's unable to provide the leadership needed by the sheriff's department."The sheriff responded later in the day, saying the Civilian Oversight Commission was overstepping its role."There's a fine line between being a watchdog and a political attack dog," Villanueva said. "That's pretty much the line they've crossed....
    Several members of the Los Angeles Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission have called for L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva to resign, citing his tense relationship with the Board of Supervisors and claiming he has resisted oversight of the department. The move marks an escalation in the increasingly tense relationship between the sheriff and his overseers, who have complained about his department’s lack of transparency and clashed over policing reform measures. “It is with great reluctance that I call on Sheriff Villanueva to resign,” said commissioner Robert Bonner during the commission’s public meeting on Thursday. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deserves better and so do the people of Los Angeles County.” Bonner said that Villanueva is the only sheriff in the county’s recent history “who has no effective relationship with the Board of Supervisors,” holding that “he has gone out of his way to alienate and insult supervisors.” He also said...
    (CNN)Three members of Portland's 11-member voluntary police oversight body resigned this week during escalating tensions in the city, according to a CNN affiliate.At least two cited the increased tensions as their reasons for leaving in resignation letters, CNN affiliate KPTV reported late Wednesday.Protests against racial injustice and police brutality have continued for nearly 100 nights in Portland, with demonstrations often proceeding peacefully during the day before devolving into chaos at night. On Saturday, a man was shot and killed as supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with protesters against police violence and racism. Portland mayor calls for peaceAccording to the city's website, the review committee was created in 2001 to help improve police accountability, promote higher standards of police services and increase public confidence. Its members are volunteers appointed by the city council.Trump threatens funding to Democratic-led cities over unrestOn June 6, the committee issued a statement rejecting "police brutality,...
    The vast majority of Facebook’s “independent oversight board” established with authority to allow or remove content from the platform have ties to liberal billionaire George Soros or groups he supports, according to a new report. An investigation by Sharyl Attkisson of RealClearPolitics showed that 18 out of the 20 members of the Facebook oversight board “collaborated with or are tied to groups” that have received funding from Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Some of the board members include Evelyn Aswad, a U.S. law professor who received a grant from a foundation that has partnered with Soros. Aswad has also said she believes corporations should align their “speech codes with international human rights law” and be guided by “international law on freedom of expression.” One of the board’s co-chairs, Jamal Greene, is a former aide to California Sen. Kamala Harris and a law school professor at Columbia University, both have...
              Trans women of color and formerly incarcerated individuals in Nashville, among other groups, must help city officials monitor members of the Metro Nashville Police Department, said members of the city’s Community Oversight Board. COB members said this in a letter they sent to Mayor John Cooper this week. Cooper invited members of the COB to serve on a Use of Force Committee. COB members accepted. Members of the COB said they “strongly recommend” that the following groups of people, among others, participate: • Immigrants • Homeless people • LGBTQ (with a specific focus on Trans women of color) • Senior citizens • Faith leaders • Formerly incarcerated individuals • Racially-diverse Nashville natives. “We strongly believe the addition of these community groups is indispensable to the success of this Committee and will be of great value to the team. We also feel it necessary...
    Nonprofit Accountable Tech is using an ad campaign to pressure Facebook’s oversight board members into demanding the platform provide them with more authority to censor supposed misinformation and hate speech.  One of the nonprofit’s co-founders, Jesse Lehrich, is a former spokesman for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign. He believes the board members should step down if they are unwilling to demand more responsibility over content.  Lehrich’s group’s ad campaign is also targeting conservative board member Michael McConnell, demanding the law professor’s resignation after he read a quote that included a racial epithet during one of his courses.  A former spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign is shaming members of Facebook’s oversight board for supposedly allowing themselves to be deployed as public relations props while the social media platform “profits off hate.” Nonprofit Accountable Tech launched a campaign Tuesday prodding members of the...
    Washington — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the composition of the oversight board created to help Puerto Rico through its fiscal crisis, rejecting claims that the members' appointments violated the U.S. Constitution because they were not subject to Senate confirmation. The decision from the high court was unanimous. Writing for the court, Justice Stephen Breyer said that while the Constitution's Appointments Clause "constrains the appointments power to all 'Officers of the United States,' even when those officers exercise power in or related to Puerto Rico," it does not restrict the appointment of local officers that Congress vests with primarily local duties. Trending News Trump briefly taken to White House bunker during protests Friday Floyd family attorney says officer should face 1st-degree murder charge Trump shares video of supporter's "dead Democrat" comment Trump responds to George Floyd protests Twitter flags Trump's "shooting" tweet for glorifying violence "The local nature of...
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