Image of Gender Based Violence


AUG 1, 2023


Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a post containing a photo depicting a woman with a black eye. The post was accompanied by a caption that mocked the woman’s condition.

Meta initially left the content on the platform. Upon further review, we determined the content did in fact violate our policy on Bullying and Harassment, as laid out in the Facebook Community Standards, and was left up in error. We therefore removed the content.

Meta removes content that praises, celebrates, or mocks the medical condition of a private individual or of a limited scope public figure (the woman in the photo is identified as a limited scope public figure).

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 original decision to maintain the content on Facebook. Meta previously removed this content after finding that it was left up in error, so no further action will be taken on it.

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