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Facebook’s Content Oversight Board May Take Months for Decisions

  • Proposed bylaws allow as many as 90 days for content review
  • Company names free-speech advocate Thomas Hughes as director
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Facebook Inc.’s proposed Oversight Board, a group of people from outside the company who will determine whether controversial user posts violate the social network’s rules, could take months to make these decisions -- indicating the panel won’t play a role in quickly stopping the viral spread of misinformation or abuse on the service.

Instead, the board will take on cases that “guide Facebook’s future decisions and policies,” the company wrote Tuesday in a blog post. “We expect the board to come to a case decision, and for Facebook to have acted on that decision, in approximately 90 days.” The company also said it could expedite some decisions in “exceptional circumstances,” and that those would be completed within 30 days, but could be done faster.