Facebook oversight board overrules company on most cases in first test


Deciding its first-ever cases, Facebook's oversight board ruled on Thursday (Jan 28) that the social media company was wrong to remove four of five pieces of content the board reviewed, including posts Facebook took down for violating rules on hate speech and harmful Covid-19 misinformation.

The first rulings will be scrutinised to see how independent the board appears from the world's largest social media platform, particularly ahead of its high-profile decision on whether Facebook was right to suspend former US President Donald Trump.

Facebook blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts over concerns of further violent unrest following the Jan 6 storming of the US Capitol by the former president's supporters.

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