Facebook has insisted on a panel, which will hear its first “cases” in 2020, will have the power to override decisions it makes over contentious material and influences new policy.

The idea, dubbed the Facebook Supreme Court, will eventually comprise 40 people around the world but will be smaller at first.

The board will launch with no fewer than 11 part-time members and the names of those appointed will be made public – as will the results of their deliberations. The board will be paid via a trust set up and funded by Facebook upfront.

We are responsible for enforcing our policies every day and we make millions of content decisions every week,” wrote Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg. “But ultimately I don’t believe private companies like ours should be making so many important decisions about speech on our own.”

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