Here's what Mark Zuckerberg has to say about Facebook's 'Supreme Court'

CNET | 6/27/2019 | Queenie Wong
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, chats with Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman and Jenny Martinez, the Dean of Stanford Law School.

Creating an independent board to review Facebook's decisions sounds like a sensible way to handle the social network's toughest calls on what content stays or goes. But the company is finding out that putting such a panel together will be a daunting challenge.

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Facebook detailed some of the issues in a 44-page report Thursday, summing up feedback gathered around the world. The company said it spoke with roughly 900 people and reviewed more than 1,200 public comments about the proposed 40-person panel, which has been dubbed the Facebook "Supreme Court."

The report, called "Global Feedback & Input on the Facebook Oversight Board for Content Decisions," was accompanied by a video chat between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Jennifer Martinez, dean of Stanford Law School, and Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law School professor who pitched the idea to Facebook last year.

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Here are four takeaways from their discussion.

Facebook doesn't just make decisions about what content to leave up or pull down. The social network also uses a bunch of signals like what posts you comment on or "like" to decide what it displays higher in your News Feed.

Board - Power - Facebook - Policies - Content

The board could have the power to influence Facebook's policies and how the content should be "treated" in the future, Zuckerberg said.

"There's a lot that this board could eventually do," Zuckerberg told his guests. "The goal is going to be to start narrowly and then eventually over time expand its scope and hopefully include more folks in the industry as well."

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