evelyn douek spoke with Columbia Journalism Review’s Mathew Ingram about Facebook’s Oversight Board.
“I remain cautiously optimistic about the [Oversight Board]. It's the most ambitious attempt yet to cut the Gordian knot of platform content moderation which is that on the one hand, given the public impact of the decisions that platforms make about what content is and is not allowed on their platform, it is unsatisfactory for private, profit-driven platforms to be making these decisions unilaterally and without any accountability,” Douek said. “But on the other hand, heavy-handed government involvement in speech regulation is always worrisome, and the cure to our current woes should not be worse than the disease. The OB is therefore an effort to find a third, least-worst option.”