The Oversight Board's Pending Cases

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Below are descriptions of and documents for the Oversight Board's pending cases. 

2022-001-FB-UA (Knin Cartoon Case)

Decision deadline: 6/13/22

  • This case concerns an edited cartoon video posted to Facebook depicting a city, labeled as the Croation city of Knin, overrun by rats. The content was reported more than 390 times; after Meta determined the content was not in violation of its Community Standards, a user who had reported the content appealed the decision to leave it up. After the Board selected the case, Meta identified the decision to keep the content up as an enforcement error and removed it as a violation of the Hate Speech policy.
  • Oversight Board description (3/15/22)
  • Meta statement (3/15/22)

2022-002-FB-MR (Sudan Graphic Video Case)

Decision deadline: 6/13/22

  • This case concerns a graphic video depicting a civilian victim of violence in Sudan following a military coup in the country on Oct. 25, 20211. It was referred by Meta after Meta first took down the post for violating the Violent and Graphic Content Community Standard, and then restored it under the newsworthiness allowance.
  • Oversight Board description (3/15/22)
  • Meta statement (3/15/22)

2022-003-IG-UA (Reclaiming Arabic Words Case)

Decision deadline: 6/13/22

  • This case concerns a series of photos posted to Instagram showing different words that can be used in derogatory ways towards men with "effeminate mannerisms" in the Arabic world by an account that identifies itself as a space for discussing queer narratives in the Arabic culture. It was appealed by the user after Meta removed the content for violating its Hate Speech Community Standard; after a total of six reviews by human content moderators, Meta determined that the post did not actually violate the Hate Speech policy.
  • Oversight Board description (3/15/22)
  • Meta statement (3/15/22)

2022-004-FB-UA (Colombian Police Cartoon Case)

  • This case concerns a comment with a cartoon posted to Facebook depicting violence by the National Police of Colombia. It was appealed by the user after Meta removed the content, initially for violating its policy on Dangerous Individuals and Organizations, then later, for violating its policy on Violence and Incitement. After the Board selected the case, Meta identified the removal as an enforcement error and restored the content.
  • Oversight Board description (5/11/22)
  • Meta statement (5/11/22)

2022-005-FB-UA (Mention of the Taliban in News Case)

  • This case concerns a Facebook post by an Indian news organization about a Taliban announcement on the education of women. It was appealed by the user after Meta removed the content for violating its Dangerous Individuals and Organizations community standard; after the Board selected the case, Meta identified the removal as an enforcement error and restored the content.
  • Oversight Board description (5/11/22)
  • Meta statement (5/11/22)

2022-006-FB-MR (Tigray Communication Affairs Bureau Case)

  • This case concerns content posted to Facebook by the Tigray Communication Affairs Bureau criticizing the leadership of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, which was reported by 10 users. It was referred by Meta after the post was removed for violating its Violence and Incitement policy, stating that the decision was difficult because it involves removing "official government speech that could be considered newsworthy."
  • Oversight Board description (5/11/22)
  • Meta statement (5/11/22)