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Contractors of Facebook’s Oversight Board Are Paid Handsome Salary of Six Figures

Facebook has a Supreme Court of its own, which is called “Facebook’s Oversight Board.” This consist of a 20 members including Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman, Cato Institute vice president John Samples, human rights lawyer Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei, and Stanford Law professor Pamela Karlan.

The board was announced by the CEO of Facebook in 2018 and the purpose of the board is to take the finalized decisions related to Facebook. The board is responsible to overrule or accept the appeals related to posts even if they break the company’s policies. This year in January the Oversight Board gave its first decisions, which were decisions related to four out of the five most concerned topics on the application.

Since the board is so important for Facebook as it takes all the important decisions related to the company and its working because at least two hundred thousand posts become eligible to appeal on daily basis, the company makes sure to pay the workers recruited in that board a lofty amount. A report from The New Yorker revealed that the Tech Giant pays all 20 members of its Oversight Board a handsome amount of six figures in dollars for only working 15 hours a week.

While the rest of the crew is paid less than this, for example, the average earnings for data engineer’s employees, data scientists, and business managers is an average of two hundred and forty thousand dollars while the content moderators who analyze illegal and inappropriate materials such as racist posts to graphic images of child abuse earn less than twenty-nine thousand dollars on a daily basis.

The board is extremely important for Facebook in terms of law because it basically is in control of every post and post approval requests on Facebook as well as the board has a hand in approving all the big decisions the company has to take. The social media’s board also had banned Trump’s account after his violent threats and statuses on social media led to a havoc at the Capitol on January 6th. Whether or not the company should ban Trumps account permanently is also on the board itself.

When the board was being formed by Mark Zuckerberg, Trump had put on a lot of pressure on the CEO to change some recruitments. Precisely because Trump is not on good terms with one of the members on the board, Karlan who testified against him in the 2019 impeachment. However, Zuckerberg did not give in and the board stood strong.

All this backs up the fact that how important the Oversight Board is for the company and why does the CEO makes sure that its members are paid a handsome amount.

Photo: Reuters

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