Facebook appoints outspoken Islamist to help censor its posts

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Facebook has made a new oversight board that has brought on a Muslim Brotherhood supporter.

After the lofty claim by founder Mark Zuckerberg that “Facebook should not make so many important decisions about free expression and safety on our own,” the company has created an oversight board and placed on it a Muslim Brotherhood supporter.

All on its own.

Weeklyblitz reports that the new oversight board will evaluate whether posts on Facebook and Instagram violate community standards and should be removed. The first 20 people who will serve on the panel include Yemeni Peace Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Al Islah Party in Yemen.

“I’m proud of the diversity of Oversight Board Members For Facebook and Instagram,” Karman herself wrote. “Our unique global perspectives across professional, cultural, political, and religious backgrounds and viewpoints are just as important as our work.”

Others were less enthusiastic about the appointment.

“Why, out of 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, is FB putting an Islamist on its Supreme Court?” asked New York-based human rights lawyer and national security analyst Irina Tsukerman.

Yemeni journalist and human rights activist Kamel Al Khodani said he immediately archived all of his Facebook posts and articles upon learning of Karman’s appointment “because my account would be the first to get suspended.”

Her Twitter critics complain that she blocks anyone who disagrees with her, including accounts from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Karman, 41, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. She was a member of Yemen’s Congregation for Reform (Al Islah), an Islamist party, but was suspended in 2018 for criticizing the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. She is also a vocal supporter of Muslim Brotherhood figures in Egypt.

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