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Facebook's content oversight board won't launch until 'late fall'
Members of the Oversight Board
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Facebook has announced that the Oversight Board will not launch until “late fall,”. The Oversight Board is supposed to be an independent body that the social networking platform has started to reconsider some of its most crucial content decisions.

In a tweet, the board stated: "We understand many people are eager for the Board to officially begin our task of providing independent oversight of Facebook’s content decisions. We share this urgency, but the Board won’t be operational until late Fall."

Critics point out that the new timeline implies the new Oversight Board will not be effective during the U.S. presidential campaign and elections.

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Facebook names the first 20 people on its new content oversight board
Members of the Oversight Board
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Facebook announced today that new content oversight board includes a former head of state, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and several constitutional law experts and rights advocates in its first 20 members.

The content oversight board is an independent body that the social networking platform has launched to reconsider some of its most important content decisions.

The members contract directly with the Oversight Board, are not Facebook employees, and cannot be removed by Facebook. They are Michael McConnell, John Samples, Julie Owono, Nicolas Suzor, Emi Palmor, Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei, Ronaldo Lemos, András Sajó, Alan Rusbridger, Nighat Dad, Pamela Karlan, Maina Kiai, Katherine Chen, Tawakkol Karman, Endy Bayuni, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Jamal Greene, Catalina Botero-Marino, Evelyn Aswad.