Critics of Facebook, including the architects of the advertising boycott against the company, officially launched a rival oversight board on Friday that is aimed at reviewing the company’s content moderation practices.
The new group which calls itself the “Real Facebook Oversight Board”, counts among its initial members the heads of three United States civil rights groups, the former president of Estonia and also the former head of election integrity at Facebook.
This launch comes just a day after Facebook’s officially-mandated Oversight Board claimed that it will be starting work on reviewing the company in mid-late October, which is almost a year behind schedule.
As a result of the delay, the official Facebook-funded board is unlikely to review cases which may be related to the U.S. presidential election which will happen on November 3, with this election generating some of the most contentious issues faced by the world’s largest social network.
The rival board has claimed that it will be moving at a much faster rate, holding its first general meeting next week, according to an official statement from the board itself.
The focus of the meeting will be on election topics, including voter suppression, election security and also misinformation.
Board member Roger McNamee states that Facebook “responds to criticism with bad faith statements and cosmetic changes”.
McNamee was an early investor in Facebook who turned critical of the company’s leaders regarding the misuse of the platform during the 2016 election.
The statement added that “The Real Oversight Board will act as a watchdog, helping policymakers and consumers defend against a renegade platform.”
Members of the board are planning on broadcasting their meetings in weekly shows on Facebook Live, the statement read.
Whilst the group stated that it was being funded by Luminate, a philanthropy backed by The Omidyar Group, it did not disclose the amount funded.