The Oversight Board's Pending Cases

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

2021-012-FB-UA (Indigenous Art and Kamloops School Case)

Decision deadline: 12/15/21

  • This case concerns a picture posted to Facebook of Indigenous artwork, with accompanying text referencing the Kamloops story about unmarked graves at a former residential school for First Nations children in Canada. It was appealed by the user after Facebook removed the post for violating its Hate Speech policy; after the Board selected the case, Facebook identified the removal as an enforcement error and restored the content.
  • Oversight Board description (9/16/21)
  • Facebook statement (9/16/21)

2021-013-IG-UA (Ayahuasca Case)

Decision deadline: 12/15/21

  • This case concerns a picture posted to Instagram of a jarred liquid with accompanying text describing the substance as ayahuasca and stating that it is a "remedy" that "can help you." It was appealed by the user after Facebook removed the content for violating Instagram's Community Guidelines on Regulated Goods.
  • Oversight Board description (9/16/21)
  • Facebook statement (9/16/21)

2021-014-FB-UA (Violence in Tigray Case)

Decision deadline: 12/15/21

  • This case concerns text posted to Facebook in July 2021 alleging that the Tigray People's Liberation Front killed and raped women and children. It was appealed by the user after Facebook removed the post for violating its Hate Speech Community Standard; after the Board selected the case, Facebook identified the removal as an enforcement error and restored the content.
  • Oversight Board description (9/16/21)
  • Facebook statement (9/16/21)