Sumary of Facebook Is Too Secretive. Its Oversight Board Should Change That:
- By Parmy Olson | Bloomberg, Boards are notorious for group think and spinelessness.
- The reason is likely because its internal stats looked so bad: A third of teenage girls who already felt negatively about their bodies felt worse when they went on Instagram, according to the Journal’s reporting, which cited documents from a person seeking federal whistleblower protection.
- Sometimes described as a Supreme Court of Facebook, the board reviews the site’s higher-profile rulings on content, such as the decision to indefinitely ban former President Donald Trump, which the board overturned and openly criticized.
- Noah Feldman, a contributing columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, is an advisor to Facebook and helped set up the board.
- If you have already heard of the Oversight Board, you’ve likely read the unflattering assessments, too.
- And while it has overturned more of Facebook’s decisions than not, it only looks at individual cases, when it should arguably be scrutinizing Facebook on bigger issues like its potentially-harmful recommendation algorithms.
- Within hours of the Wall Street Journal’s story about elite users going online, the board posted this:It went on to add: “The Board has repeatedly made recommendations that Facebook be far more transparent in general…”You can almost hear the frustration.
- In the coming weeks it is scheduled to publish its first ever “transparency report” into Facebook, according to an Oversight Board spokesman.