This report from the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program describes the main points of interest regarding the operation of the Facebook Oversight Board (FOB) and the inclusion of international human rights law in its decisions, with special emphasis on its impact on freedom of expression in Latin America.
Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva narrowly defeated his populist, right-wing opponent Jair Bolsonaro by just over 2 million votes in the second round of elections and will begin his third term as president of Brazil in January 2023. To explore what the election means for Brazilian politics, society, and foreign relations, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted an event titled “Brazil Elections – What’s Next?” on November 7, 2022.
Catalina Botero, dean of the Law School at Universidad de los Andes, was selected as one of the four co-chairs for the new oversight Board for Facebook. The company’s independent oversight body will focus on challenging content issues, such as areas of hate speech, harassment, and protecting people’s safety and privacy.
On May 20, 2020, the Inter-American Dialogue, Global Affairs Canada and the Office of the Special Rapporteur of Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hosted “Voices in the Pandemic – Covid-19 and Freedom of Expression in the Americas” to discuss the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on freedom of expression and disinformation, especially in light of emergency measures taken across the hemisphere that limit human rights and access to information.
This report from the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program and Edison Lanza provides a succinct assessment of freedom of expression developments in the Americas in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Catharine Christie, Edison Lanza, Michael Camilleri
On December 2, 2020 the Inter-American Dialogue partnered with Luminate to host the webinar “Democracy in a Post-Pandemic Latin America.” Panelists discussed the current state of democratic institutions in the region, the role of disinformation, as well as the findings of Luminate’s new public opinion research on shifting perceptions on democracy during the pandemic.
On January 27, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue partnered with Luminate to host the webinar “Deplatforming Trump – Implications for Latin America.” The panel discussed regulation and moderation of online content and speech, its specific challenges in Latin America, and possible regulatory approaches that can ensure that digital environments uphold democratic norms and abide by international human rights standards.
During this event on May 18, 2021, the panel discussed the details of the Oversight Board’s unique model, the application of international human rights law to private entities, and the unanswered questions surrounding the Board’s influence on content moderation jurisprudence and legislation in Latin America.