Facebook Efforts to Free Itself From Obvious Bias Flounder

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in November announced efforts to create an unbiased content moderation system, but those efforts are floundering, indicating that a breakup of the social media monolith may be unavoidable for the sake of its more-than 2-billion users. (AP photo)

Wall Street Journal – After 15 years trying to connect the world, Facebook Inc. is attempting to set up a better system for providing oversight of its sprawling platform. That effort is proving to be far from simple.

The social media giant Thursday published a report on its efforts to create an independent content oversight board to examine some of its most controversial content moderation decisions. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg first announced plans for such a body in November.

Facebook said it has since solicited feedback from roughly 900 academics, legal scholars, free-speech advocates and journalists to inform how best to make such decisions for its more than two billion users.

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