WARNING: democracy is at risk
On November 3, America will go to the polls. But is it even possible to have a free and fair election in the age of Facebook? Already, the platform is being used to suppress African-American, Black and Latinx votes. Its tools are being used to spread lies and to enable private militias to organize voting station protests.
We need your help to try to hold it to account.
A Facebook emergency
In 2016, we didn’t understand how Facebook was being used to subvert the presidential election. This time, there’s no excuse. A single, unelected man rules Facebook’s vast empire and is accountable to no-one. Time and time again, Facebook has refused to respond to public concerns.
What can we do?
In November 2018, Mark Zuckerberg announced a new ‘independent’ body to provide outside oversight and in May this year the first 20 members of its new Oversight Board were announced. But it’s still not operational and even if it was, it only has limited powers to rule on whether content that was taken down should go back up. And once a case has been referred to it, this self-styled ‘Supreme Court’ can take up to 90 days to reach a verdict. This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the many urgent risks the platform poses to the upcoming election.
The Real Facebook Oversight Board
So, instead, we’re launching our own Oversight Board. The Real Facebook Oversight Board. We’re not waiting for another election to go wrong. We believe accountability in real-time is vital.
It’s time to take the fight to Facebook