WOW! Facebook Oversight Board Received Over 1 Million Appeals on Company’s ‘Content Moderation’

The oligarchs on Facebook’s oversight board released their first annual report, shedding light on the company’s bloated censorship operation.

The Meta Oversight Board’s annual report revealed it received “more than a million appeals” on the company’s “content moderation decisions” between October 2020 and December 2021. More than 8 in 10 of all appeals involved Meta’s so-called “rules on bullying, hate speech or violence & incitement.” The number of appeals totaled a whopping 1,152,181. According to reports, 2,649 appeals were received per day by the board. Meta, the parent company behind Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp is Meta.

MRC Free Speech America’s CensorTrack database has logged 3,974 cases of censorship as of Thursday morning; 1,016 (26 percent) of those cases were from Facebook alone. The Oversight Board’s report shows that the 1,016 cases in the CensorTrack database don’t even scratch the surface of Facebook’s obsession with censorship.

The board patted itself on the back for “[u]phold[ing] former President Donald Trump’s suspension from Facebook and Instagram but criticiz[ing] the platform’s ‘indefinite’ penalty” across those Meta platforms.

According to the report, users made mass appeals for Facebook’s censorship. “Of the cases submitted, 99% related to content on Facebook, while just 1% concerned content on Instagram,” according to the report. Even more revealing was that starting in the second quarter of 2021, “after users were empowered to appeal to the Board to remove Other people’s content, 94% of user appeals were to Restores content to Facebook or Instagram.” [Emphasis added.]

Users based in Canada or the U.S. accounted for at least 49% of appeals. In addition, “[b]etween Q2 and Q3 2021, the number of appeals grew by 64%,” according to the report. “In one week beginning Monday, August 30, 2021, users set a record for most cases submitted in a single week, by making over 32,000 separate appeals to the Board.”

The board claims it is designed to protect “freedom of expression” by providing an “independent check on Meta’s content moderation.” [Emphasis added]. 

In addition, the board claims its members “will exercise neutral, independent judgment and render decisions impartially.” However, MRC Free Speech America research has shown this is not the case, as the board seats globalist radicals. These are just two examples.

  1. Meta board member, Nighat Dad (Pakistani lawyer) tweeted in 2016: “God forbid if Trump becomes the president, this will be my last visit to US #TrumpWantsTheWall.” She didn’t stop there, tweeting at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “The world needs to build a wall around you and Trump and never let you both come out. #BanTrump.”
  2. Meta board member, Yemeni activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman admitted she was “partial to” the Muslim Brotherhood, according to a clip cut by The Middle East Media Research Institute. The brotherhood has ties to the terror group Hamas and is itself deemed as a “terror organization by several countries including Saudi Arabia, Russia and Bahrain,” according to the Jerusalem Post. Trump proposes to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror organization in 2019.

Below is the full report of the Meta Oversight Board.

Annual Report to Meta Oversight Board.pdf

Conservatives are being attacked. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. Contact us at CensorTrack if you feel your voice has been blocked. Contact formHelp us to hold Big Tech responsible.





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