Facebook finally appoints members to its Oversight Board, but will it really matter?

Facebook finally appoints members to its Oversight Board, but will it really matter?

A Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate who organized protests during the Arab Spring. The Vice President of the conservative Cato Institute who wrote a book titled “The Struggle to Limit Government.” The former editor-in-chief of The Guardian when it was breaking news on the Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents.

What do the three people described here — Tawakkol Karman, John Samples, and Alan Rusbridger —  have in common? They’re all members of Facebook’s new Oversight Board, often referred to as the platform’s “Supreme Court.”

On Wednesday, Facebook finally unveiled the first 20 people who will serve on the long-awaited Oversight Board. The independent board will rule over cases regarding content issues on the social network. Read more…

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