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Oversight Board to Facebook: Nice Try

The social network hoped its “Supreme Court” would decide Trump’s fate on the platform. The Oversight Board didn’t take the bait.

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Episode Notes

The question of Donald Trump’s banned account–to keep it blocked, or reinstate it–is one of the toughest that Facebook has ever faced. But the social network had a plan: punt the decision to its newly minted Oversight Board, a semi-independent “Supreme Court” tasked with making hard decisions about what content stays up, and what comes down.

Did that plan just backfire?

Guest: Kate Klonick, professor at St. John’s University School of Law


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Every Friday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

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  • Lizzie O’Leary is the host of What Next: TBD, Slate’s show about technology, power, and the future. Previously, she created and hosted Marketplace Weekend. She has reported for CNN, Bloomberg News, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She is also a contributing writer at the Atlantic.