While the ruling on Trump’s suspension is binding, the board’s recommendations for changes to Facebook’s policies and for follow-up actions, such as the review, are not. Facebook is required to respond to the suggestions by Friday, though, and Biden’s allies are pressuring the tech giant to make good on the guidance ahead of the deadline.
Building Back Together senior adviser for voting rights Bob Bauer, who advised Biden’s presidential campaign and served in the Obama White House, called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to make “an unequivocal commitment to the complete and public review suggested by the Oversight Board.”
Failing to do so, Bauer wrote, would undermine the credibility of the board, a group of 20 outside experts that Facebook tapped to make the final call on some of the company’s thorniest content moderation decisions.
“Unless Facebook engages in the transparent evaluation and review that the Oversight Board demands, it will have discredited the board’s very reason for being within 30 days of its only noteworthy action,” Bauer wrote.
A Facebook spokesperson said Tuesday that the company will respond to the oversight board’s call for a review of its handling of election fraud claims as part of its formal reply to the panel’s recommendations. The company declined comment on the letter Wednesday.
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