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Parmy Olson

Facebook Is Too Secretive. Its Oversight Board Should Change That

An upcoming report on its work with Facebook would be a good chance for the board to put its foot down on the company’s chronic opacity.

Time to break some glass.

Time to break some glass.

Photographer: JOEL SAGET/AFP

Boards are notorious for group think and spinelessness. In Facebook’s case, a board could make a difference.

Documents reported by the Wall Street Journal earlier this week revealed a secret system at Facebook to coddle the posts of politicians and celebrities, as well as internal stats on the full extent of psychological harm that Instagram causes teen girls. Both issues were long suspected. Both are now backed by startling evidence.