Zuck-rakers put the boot into Facebook’s flop of a ‘supreme ...

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Zuck-rakers put the boot into Facebook’s flop of a ‘supreme court’

The company’s Oversight Board isn’t even running and already it’s being undermined by a copycat

Laurence Dodds

You know what it’s like: you wait ages for Facebook to create its own independent supreme court to hear appeals against its censorship decisions, and then two come along at once. As medieval Europe was split between two rival popes, Facebook’s high priests now have an antipope.

The confusingly named “Real Oversight Board”, launched only one month before the US presidential election, claims it will hold Facebook to account in the way the company’s actual Oversight Board cannot. The Antiboard has a left-of-centre bent and includes some of Facebook’s most heavyweight critics, such as the philosopher of surveillance Shoshana Zuboff, early investor Roger McNamee and Britain’s Damian Collins MP.

“Ours is an emergency intervention, aimed at Mr Zuckerberg and Facebook employees,” said Zuboff. “We now approach the 59th minute of the 11th hour of this crisis ... Facebook, America and the world look to you now for decisive action to protect democracy. History is watching.”..

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