Anti-Trump tweets from social media Oversight Board member puts impartiality in question
Facebook’s independent Oversight Board is now up and running and they are finally hearing cases. A member on that board named Tawakkol Karman is celebrating the possibility that Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. She claimed that it would end “the wave of hate and intolerance” across the globe.
“With #Trump’s fall, the wave of hate and intolerance will end not only in #America but also across the world. USA is moving towards ending one of the fiercest waves of hate in modern history,” civil rights activist and Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman tweeted.
She tweeted earlier this week in Arabic that a Trump loss would lessen “hatred and intolerance” across the globe.
The Facebook Oversight Board is supposed to be unbiased as it carries the weight of a 40-member ruling panel on issues for Facebook users across the world. Karman’s anti-Trump tweets are of concern because it is obviously biased towards one candidate. It brings into question whether she can be fair in her job.
With #Trump’s fall, the wave of hate and intolerance will end not only in #America but also across the world. USA is moving towards ending one of the fiercest waves of hate in modern history. #Elections2020
— Tawakkol Karman (@TawakkolKarman) November 6, 2020
“The Oversight Board was created to help Facebook answer some of the most difficult questions around freedom of expression online: what to take down, what to leave up, and why,” the company’s website explains.
“The board uses its independent judgment to support people’s right to free expression and ensure those rights are being adequately respected,” the Oversight Board’s site states. “The board’s decisions to uphold or reverse Facebook’s content decisions will be binding, meaning Facebook will have to implement them unless doing so could violate the law.”
The board’s members ostensibly “represent a diverse set of disciplines and backgrounds” and are “empowered to select content cases for review and to uphold or reverse Facebook’s content decisions.” Their co-chairs said that they are now prepared to hear appeals from the billions of people who use Facebook and Instagram each day.
Facebook has been accused of bias for a long time against conservatives and Republicans. Many believe they are being censored on the social media platform and many have been banned for various reasons from the social media platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently struggled to name a single liberal person or entity that has been censored on the platform.
Media Research Center’s Kayla Sargent flatly labeled Karman the board’s “most radical member,” and noted that she was a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and lives in Yemen.
“She announced in a June 7 tweet amidst international destructive protests that she would be ‘standing with the revolutions!’ The Muslim Brotherhood is connected to Hamas, the terrorist organization that attacks Israel,” Sargent wrote, referring to the tweet sent earlier this year.
Yes, I am fully standing with the revolutions!This was my position Yesterday, and it is today and will be even tomorrow! Not only in Yemen or across the Arab region but also globally. I am with the inevitably upcoming global spring.
— Tawakkol Karman (@TawakkolKarman) June 7, 2020