Meet the Indian on Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ board
Born in 1975, in Bengaluru, the BA LLB graduate from the National Law School of India University is also a Rhodes Scholar and obtained his D. Phil from the University of Oxford.
Last year, Sudhir Krishnaswamy became the youngest vice-chancellor of the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru. An expert on India’s constitutional law and a civil society activist, he’s previously worked in the PM’s Committee on Infrastructure and the Kasturirangan Committee on Governance of Bangalore. He is also the co-founder of the Center for Law and Policy Research (CLPR).
Facebook announced a new content oversight board announced on Wednesday. The independent board (some have dubbed it as Facebook’s “Supreme Court”) will be able to overturn decisions by the company and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on whether individual pieces of content should be allowed on Facebook and Instagram.
Case by case
The board, which will grow to about 40 members and which Facebook has pledged $130 million to fund for at least six years, will start work immediately. And Nick Clegg, FB’s head of global affairs, said it would begin hearing cases this summer. Initially, the board will focus on cases where content was removed and FB expects it to take on only “dozens” of cases to start, a small percentage of the thousands it expects will be brought to the board. More details here.
Creating this new mechanism for platform governance to oversee a private company is a radical reform, news agency IANS quoted Krishnaswamy. "If this mechanism works, it provides us with a new institutional model for handling content moderation in the future." The step is as important to the future of democracy as it is to the market, he added.