Oversight Board Selects a Case About a Video Showing the Aftermath of an Attack on a Church in Nigeria


NOV 18, 2022

Today, the Oversight Board selected a case based on a user appeal that centers on a video purporting to have been filmed shortly after a mass shooting in a church in Nigeria. The video shows motionless, bloodied bodies coupled with the sounds of wailing and screaming in the background.

Initially, Meta’s systems placed a warning screen on the video to mark it as disturbing. The user later added a caption to the post with several hashtags. We subsequently removed the content for violating our policy on Violent and Graphic Content, as laid out in our Instagram Community Guidelines and Facebook Community Standards. Meta’s policies prohibit any content that “glorifies violence or celebrates the suffering or humiliation of others.”

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.