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    Facebook “Supreme Court” overrules company in 4 of its first 5 decisions / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 28 January, 2021 - 18:21

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2017.

Enlarge / Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2017. (credit: Mark Zuckerberg)

The Oversight Board, an independent organization set up to review Facebook's content moderation decisions, handed down its first batch of rulings on Thursday. The rulings didn't go well for Facebook's moderators. Out of five substantive rulings, the board overturned four and upheld one.

Most technology platforms have unfettered discretion to remove content. In contrast, Facebook decided in 2019 to create an independent organization , the Oversight Board, to review Facebook decisions, much as the US Supreme Court reviews decisions by lower courts. The board has an independent funding stream and its members can't be fired by Facebook. Facebook has promised to follow the board's decisions unless doing so would be against the law.

The board's first batch of five substantive decisions (a sixth case became moot after the user delete their post) illustrates the difficult challenge facing Facebook's moderators:

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    The wreck of the WWII steamship Karlsruhe may hold lost Russian treasure / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 7 October, 2020 - 18:54

Color photo of shipwreck and cargo underwater

These sealed crates could hold nearly anything. (credit: Tomasz Stachura/ Baltictech/Handout via REUTERS )

A World War II shipwreck recently located off the coast of Poland may hold the dismantled pieces of the Amber Room, a Russian treasure looted by the Nazis and lost since 1945.

The wreck of the German steamship Karlsruhe lies 88 meters (290 feet) below the surface of the Baltic Sea and a few dozen kilometers north of the resort town of Ustka, Poland. It’s in excellent shape after 75 years on the bottom, according to the team of 10 divers from Baltictech who located the wreck in June and announced the find in early October.

“It is practically intact,” Baltictech diver Tomasz Stachura told the press in a statement.

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