Oversight Board

Meta created the Oversight Board to help us resolve some of the most difficult questions around freedom of expression online: what to take down, what to leave up and why.

The purpose of the board

The board is an external body that people can appeal to if they disagree with Meta’s content enforcement decisions on Facebook or Instagram. We’re committed to implementing the board’s content decisions, and their recommendations help shape how we govern our policies.

Governing documents

Latest stats

109

recommendations Meta has responded to

33

cases selected by Oversight Board

4

cases under review

Recent updates

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision Regarding a Video of an Edited Cartoon Depicting a Croatian City

The Oversight Board makes a decision regarding a video of an edited cartoon depicting a Croatian City.

Edited Cartoon of Knin.

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision Regarding a Post Containing Pictures of Derogatory Words in Arabic

Oversight Board makes a decision on a case appealed by an Instagram user concerning a carousel post with each picture depicting a different word in Arabic that can be used in a derogatory way towards men.

Decision on pictures of derogatory words in Arabic

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision Regarding a Graphic Video Depicting a Civilian Victim of Violence in Sudan

The Oversight Board makes a decision on a case referred by Meta regarding a graphic video posted on a user’s Facebook profile page which shows a victim of violence following a military coup in Sudan.

Decision on victim of violence in Sudan

CASE UPDATES

Meta publishes their Q1 Quarterly Update on the Oversight Board

Meta publishes their Q1 Quarterly Update on the Oversight Board providing information about the cases we have referred to the board and on our progress on implementing the board’s recommendations.

Meta’s Q1 2022 Update on the Oversight Board.

CASE UPDATES

Meta withdraws a Policy Advisory Opinion Request Related to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Meta withdraws a policy advisory opinion (PAO) request related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that had previously been referred to the Oversight Board.

PAO related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

CASE UPDATES

Regarding a Post from a News Outlet Discussing the Taliban Government in Afghanistan

Oversight Board Selects a case regarding a post from a News outlet discussing the Taliban Government in Afghanistan.

Discussing Afghanistan under the Taliban.

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Comment with a Cartoon Depicting Violence by the Police in Colombia

Oversight Board selects a case regarding a comment with a cartoon depicting violence by the police in Colombia.

Colombian police cartoon.

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Post Calling for Violence in Ethiopia

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Post Calling for Violence in Ethiopia.

Post calling for violence and incitement.

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Video of an Edited Cartoon Depicting Croatian City

Oversight Board selects a case regarding a video of an edited cartoon depicting Croatian city.

Edited Cartoon of Knin

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Post Containing Pictures of Derogatory Words in Arabic

Oversight Board selects a case regarding a post containing pictures of derogatory words in Arabic.

Derogatory words in Arabic

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Graphic Video Depicting a Civilian Victim of Violence in Sudan

Oversight Board selects a case regarding a graphic video depicting a civilian victim of violence in Sudan.

Graphic video of a civilian victim of violence in Sudan

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision Regarding a Policy Advisory Opinion on Sharing Private Residential Information

The Oversight Board makes a decision regarding a Policy Advisory Opinion on sharing private residential information.

Policy Advisory Opinion discussing private residential information

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision Regarding a Post Requesting Advice on Pharmaceutical Drugs

The Oversight Board makes a decision about a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a post requesting advice on pharmaceutical drugs.

Case on advice for pharmaceutical drugs

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision Regarding a Post Detailing Sexual Violence Against Minors

The Oversight Board makes a decision regarding a post on Facebook from a Swedish journalist describing sexual violence against minors.

Case regarding sexual violence against minors

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision on a Case Regarding a Post Discussing the Situation in Ethiopia

The Oversight Board makes a decision on a case appealed by a Facebook user on a post regarding the situation in Ethiopia.

Case regarding the situation in Ethiopia

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision on a Case Depicting Indigenous Artwork and Discussing Residential Schools

The Oversight Board makes a decision on a case regarding a picture of a traditional wampum belt depicting indigenous artwork and discussing residential schools.

Case on indigenous artwork and discussing residential schools

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision on a Case Regarding a Post Discussing a Substance with Psychoactive Properties

The Oversight Board makes a decision on a case appealed by an Instagram user regarding a picture posted discussing a substance with psychoactive properties.

Case on substance with psychoactive properties

CASE UPDATES

Meta Publishes Q2 + Q3 Update on the Oversight Board

Meta publishes its Q2 and Q3 2021 update on the Oversight Board providing information about the cases we have referred to the board and an update on our progress on implementing the board’s recommendations.

Meta's Q2 + Q3 2021 update on the Oversight Board

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Post Discussing the Taliban and the Situation in Afghanistan

The Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a post discussing the new government of Afghanistan under the Taliban.

Case on the situation on Afghanistan

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Post Detailing Sexual Violence Against Minors

The Oversight Board selected a case referred by Facebook regarding a Swedish journalist reporting on sexual violence against minors.

Case on post detailing sexual violence against minors

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Post Requesting Advice on Medical Consultation

The Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a post requesting advice on medical consultation.

Case on advice for a medical consultation

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a PAO on Facebook’s Cross-Check Policies

The Oversight Board selects a case referred by Facebook that is a policy advisory opinion regarding how we can continue to improve our cross-check system.

Policy Advisory Opinion on Facebook's cross-check policies

CASE UPDATES

Facebook Response to Oversight Board on a case related to an Al Jazeera post

Facebook's response to the Oversight Board's decision and recommendations related to an Al Jazeera post on tensions between Israel and Palestine.

Case on the tensions between Israel and Palestine

CASE UPDATES

Facebook Requests PAO on Cross-Check System

Facebook asks Oversight Board for guidance on how we can continue to improve the cross-check system.

Policy Advisory Opinion discussing Cross-Check System

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision on a Case Discussing the Situation in South Africa While Using Slurs

The Oversight Board makes a decision on a case about a post in a group discussing the situation in South Africa while using slurs.

Case discussing situation in South Africa using slurs

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision on a Case Related to a Post Depicting Protests in Colombia While Using a Slur

The Oversight Board makes a decision on a case about a shared posted depicting protests in Colombia while using a slur.

Case about Colombian protests

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Depicting Indigenous Artwork and Discussing Residential Schools

The Oversight Board selected a case regarding a picture of a traditional wampum belt and discussing residential schools.

Case on indigenous artwork and discussing residential schools

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Related to a Post Discussing a Substance with Psychoactive Properties

The Oversight Board selected a case regarding picture posted to Instagram discussing a substance with psychoactive properties.

Case on substance with psychoactive properties

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Post Discussing the Situation in Ethiopia

The Oversight Board selected a case regarding a post criticizing the current situation in Ethiopia.

Case on the situation in Ethiopia

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision on a case related to an Al Jazeera post on tensions between Israel and Palestine

The Oversight Board makes a decision on a case regarding a post taken down on Facebook for violating our policy on dangerous individuals and organizations

Case on the tensions between Israel and Palestine

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Makes a Decision on a Post Discussing the Situation in Myanmar

Oversight Board makes a decision on a post discussing the situation in Myanmar while using profanity

Case regarding a post discussing the situation in Myanmar

CASE UPDATES

Facebook Response to Oversight Board on post regarding Abdullah Ӧcalan

Facebook's response to the Oversight Board's decision and recommendations on a post regarding Abdullah Ӧcalan, a founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Case regarding the support of Abdullah Ӧcalan, founder of the PKK

CASE UPDATES

Facebook’s First Quarterly Update on the Oversight Board

Facebook publishes its first quarterly update on the Oversight Board providing information about the cases we have referred to the board and an update on our progress on implementing the board’s recommendations.

Facebook's Q1 2021 Update on the Oversight Board

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board selects a case related to an Al Jazeera post on tensions between Israel and Palestine

The Oversight Board selected a case regarding a post taken down on Facebook for violating our policy on dangerous individuals and organizations.

Case on the tensions between Israel and Palestine

CASE UPDATES

Facebook Response to Oversight Board on comment related to the January 2021 protests in Russia

Facebook's response to the the Oversight Board's decision and recommendations on the comment related to the January 2021 protests in Russia.

Case on the tensions between Israel and Palestine

CASE UPDATES

Facebook Response to Oversight Board on comment related to the Armenian people

Facebook's response to the Oversight Board's decision and recommendations on the comment related to the Armenian people and Armenian genocide.

Case discussing the Armenian people and Armenian genocide

CASE UPDATES

Oversight Board Selects a PAO on Sharing Private Residential Information

The Oversight Board selects a Policy Advisory Opinion on sharing private residential information and when that information should be considered private.

Policy Advisory Opinion discussing private residential information