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Facebook town hall discussion to be held at OU


Facebook is heading to Norman seeking feedback on its future.

Representatives of Facebook, the online social media giant, will visit the University of Oklahoma College of Law for a town hall discussion on the creation of an independent review board to provide oversight on a variety of the company’s content decisions.

The Center for International Business & Human Rights at OU College of Law is hosting the meeting, which is open to the public, and will feature Facebook representatives who will be present to get feedback on the company’s plan to develop an oversight board.

Facebook has been widely criticized for how it has handled numerous controversies in the past few years on issues ranging from censorship, improper user data handling, election meddling and the spread of false information on its platform.

In November, Facebook announced its plans to create an external content oversight board that would rule on the company’s more controversial content policy decisions.

The town hall will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on May 31 in the Dick Bell Courtroom at the OU College of Law. Limited seating is available, but the event will be streamed online.

OU Law was selected to host Facebook because it is home to the Center for International Business & Human Rights. The center’s director, Professor Evelyn Aswad, was the head of the U.S. State Department’s human rights law office prior to joining the College of Law. She writes extensively about free speech online.

For reservations, more information and accommodations, please call the OU College of Law at (405) 325-9175 or email

Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp is the Higher Education reporter for The Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State Football... Read more ›