Politico: Facebook’s ‘supreme court’ struggles to set global free speech rules

Politico: Facebook’s ‘supreme court’ struggles to set global free speech rules. “Roughly two months since a group of outside experts started ruling on what people could post on Facebook, cracks in the so-called Oversight Board are already starting to show. So far, the independent body of human rights experts, free speech supporters and legal scholars that rules on what content Facebook must take down or put back up has reversed the social media giant’s decisions in four out of its first five cases.”

News .com .au: ACCC examining whether choice screens for search engines on smartphones should be compulsory

News .com .au: ACCC examining whether choice screens for search engines on smartphones should be compulsory. “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is asking for submissions from smartphone users and industry participants to inform a report it will hand to the federal government in September, which will examine the fairness of competition among search engines in handheld devices.”

The Connexion: French tax office trials social media checks to detect fraud

The Connexion: French tax office trials social media checks to detect fraud. “French tax authorities will now be able to use data published online to cross-check tax declarations. This includes text, images, videos and photos published on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as online sales platforms including Leboncoin, Vinted and Ebay. The new measure is being introduced on a trial basis, for three years.” French authorities have already used Google Maps to find evaders of swimming pool taxes.

USA Today: Looming Trump ban ruling is a distraction from Facebook’s real oversight crisis

USA Today: Looming Trump ban ruling is a distraction from Facebook’s real oversight crisis. “The Facebook Oversight Board’s verdict on whether to reinstate Donald Trump’s account is expected soon. Everyone is weighing in, from Bill Gates to Donald Trump himself. The decision has been breathlessly followed by some journalists as if it were a Supreme Court ruling; which I wish it was, because independent oversight over the outsized power of Facebook is desperately needed. Instead, we are watching a self-regulated facade of accountability. The internal Facebook processes should not distract from the need for independent, external oversight based on democratically mandated rules.”

May it Please the Court: Exploring Facebook’s Oversight Board Formation and Decisions (Loyola University Chicago School of Law)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law: May it Please the Court: Exploring Facebook’s Oversight Board Formation and Decisions. “Last Friday, Facebook’s Oversight Board (‘the Board’) issued its latest verdict, overturning the company’s decision to remove a post that moderators alleged violated Facebook’s Violence and Incitement Community Standard. This judgment brings the Board’s total number of decisions to seven, with the Board overturning the Facebook’s own decision in five out of the six substantive rulings it has issued. The Board’s cases have covered several topics so far, including nudity and hate speech. Because Facebook’s Oversight Board does not have any modern equivalents, it is worth exploring what went into this experiment’s formation.”

Arizona State University: What the future of online content moderation might look like

Arizona State University: What the future of online content moderation might look like. “Future Tense, a partnership between New America, Slate and Arizona State University, recently brought together experts and professionals in the technology and public policy space to discuss the future of online content moderation and what it might look like in the coming years. During a conversation with Jennifer Daskal, New America ASU Future Security Fellow and professor and faculty director of the Tech, Law and Security Program at American University, technology policy leaders and professionals offered suggestions on what they think the Biden administration can do to promote effective online content moderation while remaining ethical and promoting growth and vigorous, free discourse on the internet.”

NBC News: Facebook’s ‘Oversight Board’ overturns 4 cases in first rulings

NBC News: Facebook’s ‘Oversight Board’ overturns 4 cases in first rulings. “The board, a group of 20 journalists, politicians and judges from around the world, was formed last year and has been tasked with passing judgment on the social media giant’s handling of the most difficult content issues. It claims total independence from Facebook, and Facebook has said that the decisions it makes will be binding.”

The Role of Professional Norms in AI Governance: Some Observations and Outline of a Framework (Berkman Klein Center)

Berkman Klein Center: The Role of Professional Norms in AI Governance: Some Observations and Outline of a Framework. “It is hard to keep up with the various efforts underway that develop ethical principles and other norms aimed at governing a broad range of AI-based technologies (we use the shortcut ‘AI’ for readability only). Current initiatives involve governments, international organizations, standard setting organizations, tech companies, and civil society organizations, to name just some of the drivers. In addition to the development of ethical norms and governance principles, the quest for adequate accountability schemes and enforcement mechanisms continues — with mixed success and serious complications, as the recent cancellation of Google’s external AI Ethics Council suggests.”