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JUN 14, 2022
Today, the Oversight Board selected 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 in October 2021.
Upon initial review, Meta took down this content for violating our policy on Violent and Graphic Content, as laid out in the Facebook Community Standards. However, upon further review, we determined we removed this content in error and applied the newsworthiness allowance to reinstate the post with a warning screen added.
Meta does not allow posting “videos of people or dead bodies in non-medical settings if they depict dismemberment,” however we must balance the risk of harm associated with sharing such graphic content with the public interest value of documenting human rights violations. Additionally, our newsworthiness allowance allows violating content on our platforms if keeping it visible is in the public interest.
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.
We welcome the Oversight Board’s decision today on this case. Meta previously reinstated this content as it did not violate our policies and was removed in error, so no further action will be taken on this content.
After conducting a review of the recommendations provided by the board in addition to their decision, we will update this page.