Will conservatives have any say in Facebook 'oversight'?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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Jody Brown, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Facebook usersFacebook has put together a panel whose job it will be to police content on the platform and weed out content they don't think you need to see – and according to a member of the Free Speech Alliance, it's stacked with liberals.

The purpose of Facebook's "Oversight Board," according to the company, is to "promote free expression by making principled, independent decisions regarding content." It's indicative of the Orwellian times we live in, says Free Speech Alliance member Dan Gainor, that Facebook thinks censoring content is the way to promote free expression – and he has no doubt about what kind of speech the board will excise.

"The international members of the board are just ridiculously liberal. Six of them, by our count, are openly anti-Trump," he tells OneNewsNow.

Gainor

For example, Stanford law professor Pamala Karlan has been named to the board. She's the attorney who testified against President Donald Trump during his impeachment hearings who brought the first family's then 13-year-old son into the proceedings, saying: "While the president can name his son Barron, he can't make him a baron."

Also among those already appointed is Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Muslim Brotherhood operative Tawakkol Karman – whose selection has been called "a great choice" by a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Chosen to chair the board is Thomas Hughes, a former director of Article 19 – a British freedom of expression rights group. Facebook reports that the "first set" of 20 members of the board have been selected, and that number will rise to 40 "over time."

Gainor is hoping Facebook, who alone among the tech giants has expressed some interest in allowing free expression, will give conservatives their seat at the table.

"We want to work with them where possible. It was certainly important for the Free Speech Alliance to get together. It's a collection of tens of millions of American conservatives expressing their massive concern about the lay of the land here."

The Free Speech Alliance comprises more than 60 organizations and individuals who oppose the silencing of conservative voices on social media.

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