Call for Vigilante Violence in Haiti Video


DEC 5, 2023


Today, the Oversight Board selected a case referred by Meta regarding a video posted to Facebook in which people urge vigilante violence against a person whom they suspect to be a member of a local gang. In the video, a group of people surround a locked cell containing a suspected gang member. One person yells “we’re going to break the lock” and another yells “they’re already dead.” Lastly, a person yells a phrase that references Bwa Kale – an anti-gang and vigilante movement in Haiti. Over the last several months gang violence in Haiti has risen considerably and vigilante movements, such as Bwa Kale, are suspected of retaliating via extrajudicial violence.

Meta took down this content for violating our Violence and Incitement policy, as laid out in the Facebook Community Standards, and the post was removed from our platform.

Meta referred this case to the board because we found it significant and difficult as it creates tension between our values of safety and voice.

Meta prohibits content containing “statements of intent to commit high-severity violence” or content that constitutes a “call to action” for people to commit high-severity violence against a targeted person. We define a “call to action” as “inviting or encouraging others to carry out harmful acts or to join the user or poster in executing harmful acts.”

We will implement the board’s decision once it has finished deliberating, and we will update this post accordingly. Please see the Board’s website for the decision when they issue it.

Case decision

We welcome the Oversight Board’s decision today on this case. The board overturned Meta's decision to take down the content. Meta will act to comply with the board's decision and reinstate the content within 7 days.

After conducting a review of the recommendation provided by the board in addition to their decision, we will update this post.