Facebook oversight board announces first appeals cases: Nudity, violence, and the coronavirus

Facebook’s oversight board announced that it has selected the first six censorship appeals that it will consider.

“More than 20,000 cases were referred to the Oversight Board following the opening of user appeals in October 2020,” the board wrote in a Tuesday press release. “As the Board cannot hear every appeal, we are prioritizing cases that have the potential to affect lots of users around the world, are of critical importance to public discourse or raise important questions about Facebook’s policies.”

Facebook announced the 20-member board in May and began accepting appeals requests in October. The board is independent of Facebook, and any decision that
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