Facebook correctly deleted the 17-second video containing Black Petes. This is the opinion of the supervisory committee, which was initiated by Facebook and can judge difficult arbitration issues. Both parties emphasized that the board of directors operates independently of the technology giants.
The verdict involves a video shared by Facebook users in the Netherlands on December 5. It shows a child who met Sinterklaas and two Zwarte Pieten.
“Destruction of racial stereotypes”
In its explanation, the council said: “Although Zwarte Piet represents a cultural tradition shared by many Dutch people, it has no clear racist goal. Black-faced It is widely regarded as a destructive racial stereotype.”
Starting in August last year, sharing the prototype version of Zwarte Piet on Facebook and Instagram is no longer allowed. Therefore, the committee believes that Facebook has “clearly enough” to remove content containing black faces, unless it aims to condemn the black faces or draw attention to the negative effects of the phenomenon.
Most members of the council have seen “sufficient evidence” that there is damage and the content needs to be deleted. The content of the video is believed to contain caricatures that are inseparable from negative and racist stereotypes, and is regarded by some in Dutch society as a comic that supports systematic racism.
The objection to the decision stated that there was insufficient evidence to delete the video. The group said that the premise of Facebook providing voice is to specifically protect content that others do not agree with. This part says that black faces may be insulting, but they don’t always cause harm.
Earlier this year, Instagram sent two videos from NOS in which black Pete was seen under the same rules. deleted. Prior to this, the main action had objected to this, but the platform did not respond to it at that time.
Case President Trump
Since the beginning of last fall, this is the seventh ruling made by the Board of Supervisors. This is the second case where Facebook is proved to be correct. At present, the committee is also investigating whether the social network correctly removed its former President Trump from the platform in order to issue a statement around the storm of the Capitol. The decision of the council is binding. The agency can also provide policy advice; Facebook is not obliged to follow up on this matter.
The council happened to make a decision on the black pete videotape Also announced From now on, accept requests from users who believe that Facebook has left unreasonable messages. So far, the agency has only said what Facebook or Instagram has deleted. This step increases the responsibilities of the board; there are many criticisms in advance, accusing the initial lack of such criticism.
The supervisory committee was conceived by Facebook with the idea that the company does not want to take ultimate responsibility for the modest choice. The board believes that the government should do this through regulation. What failed was that the social network established its own “Supreme Court” and funded it through the foundation.