Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Comment with a Cartoon Depicting Violence by the Police in Colombia


SEP 15, 2022

Today, the Oversight Board appealed by a Facebook user regarding a comment with a cartoon depicting violence by the police in Colombia. The post includes a cartoon resembling the official crest of the National Police of Colombia with figures wearing police uniforms committing violent acts upon another figure.

Upon initial review, Meta took down this content for violating our policy on Dangerous Individuals and Organizations. Upon second review, after the user appealed the initial decision, we upheld the decision based on our policy on Violence and Incitement, as laid out in the Facebook Community Standards. However, upon further review, we determined we removed this content in error and reinstated it.

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. 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.