Oversight Board

Facebook 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 Facebook’s content enforcement decisions on the Facebook app or Instagram. We’re committed to implementing the board’s content decisions, and their policy recommendations will help shape how we govern our policies going forward.

Governing documents

Recent updates

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Facebook Response to Oversight Board on former U.S. President Trump's Suspension

Facebook's response to the Oversight Board's decision and recommendations in the case of former US president Donald Trump.

Case discussing former President Trump’s suspension

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Oversight Board selects a case discussing a Brazilian state-level health entity’s post about COVID lockdowns

The Oversight Board selects case referred by Facebook regarding a post we left up in line with our misinformation and harm policy.

Case discussing a Brazilian state-level health entity’s post about COVID lockdowns

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Oversight Board selects a case about a post discussing the the situation in Myanmar while using profanity

The Oversight Board selected a case regarding a post taken a down on Facebook for violating our policy on hate speech.

Case on the situation in Myanmar while using profanity

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Oversight Board selects a case on a comment related to the Armenian people and Armenian Genocide

The Oversight Board selected a case regarding a comment taken down on Facebook for violating our policy on hate speech.

Case on the Armenian people and Armenian Genocide