Facebook has appointed Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei Human Rights Lawyer and human rights advocate at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
She is part of the first 20-member Board of Facebook’s Oversight Team, an independent body that can overturn the company’s own content moderation decisions. Facebook on Wednesday made the announcement list of the 20 members.
The oversight board will govern appeals from Facebook and Instagram users and questions from Facebook itself, although it admitted it will have to pick and choose which content moderation cases to take due to the sheer volume of them.
Facebook announced it was creating the independent board in November 2018. This move was made to help Facebook after a report detailed how the company avoided and deflected blame in the public conversation around its handling of Russian interference and other social network misuses.
The board will begin hearing cases in the coming months. It will eventually have around 40 members, which Facebook will help pick The move could help Facebook avoid accusations of bias as it removes content deemed problematic.
Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei is the Program Manager at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, where she focuses on human rights, women’s rights, criminal justice, access to information and media freedom issues, and previously worked at Save the Children and the U.S. Agency for International Development
Asare-Kyei is a human rights lawyer and development professional with extensive experience in strategy development, program design, grant management, research and stakeholder engagement in Southern, Western and Central Africa.
Of Ghanaian and South African citizenship, she has a varied background in supporting and developing transformational social programs and advocacy strategies through the provision of technical advice and input into policy and programming of civil society organizations on issues like access to information, freedom of expression, human rights and substantive justice, especially as they relate to the inclusion, equality of opportunity and empowerment of vulnerable and under-represented groups such as women, children, persons with disabilities and LGBTIQs.
Asare-Kyei has also worked for a number of international development and philanthropic organizations in different capacities in Africa.
She is passionate about Africa, its development and has a working knowledge of African regional mechanisms and institutions. She is a graduate of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her research interests include women, children and disability rights, critical race feminism and socioeconomic rights of the poor.
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