Oversight Board Selects a Case Involving a Cartoon Depicting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

UPDATED

NOV 28, 2022

Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user involving a cartoon shared on a public group of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The image shows Ayatollah Khamenei’s beard forming into a fist grasping a woman in a hijab and is accompanied by a caption that uses the phrase “death to” the government and its leader Khamenei.

Upon initial review, Meta took down this content for violating our policy on Violence and Incitement, as laid out in the Facebook Community Standards. However, upon additional review we decided that although the post violates our policy on Violence and Incitement, the newsworthiness allowance applies. Meta subsequently reinstated the content.

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.