Facebook’s Oversight Board Gets Ultimatum from Tech Watchdog

By this point in time it’s no secret that a lot of people don't really trusts Facebook anymore, and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that the social media platform has made a lot of unethical decisions many of which have blown up on its face. With all of that having been said and out of the way, it is important to note that Facebook has made a few attempts to become more transparent as well as ethical in its business practices, but the fact of the matter is that a lot of people have criticized the social network saying that it is willing to talk the talk but never seems eager to walk the walk so to speak.

For example, while Facebook has certainly set up an oversight board the purpose of this board often seems pretty uncertain because of the fact that it is a committee set up by Facebook to investigate itself which very obviously creates a huge conflict of interest in spite of the fact that Facebook often touts this board as some kind of solution that would fix all of the problems that people often see in the way that it does business.

As a result of the fact that this is the case, a tech watchdog by the name of Accountable Tech which was set up back in 2017 to raise awareness for and protect the rights of internet users has called for Facebook’s oversight group to demand more power and actually do something or else shut itself down. The rationale behind this is that while the board is operational Facebook can claim that it is being cautious and responsible even though the board isn’t really doing much, so the board should either actually start to make a difference or go away so that Facebook can be held accountable through other means.

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