Facebook parent meta platforms said on Wednesday it has withdrawn a request for policy guidance from its oversight board regarding the content moderation of posts related to Russia’s ongoing war with Ukraine.
“This decision was not taken lightly – the PAO (Policy Advisory Opinion) was withdrawn due to ongoing safety and security concerns,” the company said in a statement. blog post,
The board, which can make binding decisions on specific prickly content moderation appeals and make policy recommendations, said it was “disappointed” by the decision.
A META spokesperson declined to provide further details about the policies it was seeking guidance on or specific concerns.
Russia banned social media platforms Facebook and Instagram in March, finding Meta guilty of “extremist activity” amid Moscow’s crackdown on social media during its invasion of Ukraine. There is no effect of the ban on Meta’s messaging service WhatsApp. Russia has also strangled Twitter by slowing down its service.
Meta’s oversight board, which includes academics, rights experts, and lawyers, was created by the company as an independent body to govern a small portion of content moderation matters, but it can also advise on site policies. .
“While the Board understands these concerns, we believe the request raises important issues and is disappointed by the company’s decision to withdraw it,” the oversight board said in a tweet on Wednesday.
“The importance of protecting freedom of expression and human rights for the company has only grown.”
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