Mark Zuckerberg announced that an independent body resembling a sort of "Supreme Court" could function as a complaint office for users in controversial content issues in the future. In episode 38 of the BredowCast, the lawyer Amélie Heldt explains the legal issues raised by this project.
As a lawyer and PhD student at the Hans-Bredow-Institut, Amélie Heldt deals with freedom of expression in social networks. So far, freedom of expression has been regulated by the rules of the respective network. On Facebook, these are the community standards that you agree to upon joining the platform. If you violate them by posting content that glorifies violence or is pornographic, Facebook has the right to delete this content from the platform.
Mark Zuckerberg’s new proposal that an independent body should monitor the removal of content raises some questions. Who should be the judges of the future Facebook “Supreme Court”? Who appoints them? How can this court interpret rules for the whole world? Amélie Heldt discusses these questions with Johanna Sebauer.