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Today, the Oversight Board selected a case bundle appealed by a Facebook user regarding two videos that feature a discussion with a fruitarian about her dietary decision to primarily consume fruit juices. In both videos, the woman discusses the effect her diet has on her own physical health, including claiming that her acne has disappeared, her legs are no longer swollen, and that she now has a lot of energy and mental sharpness. She addresses what she anticipates will be “comments about alleged anorexia that may come” by saying that it was normal for her to lose weight and appear “quite slim” and that she has “fully recovered” after initial weight loss by “only eating fruit, fruits, vegetables, avocado, etc.”
Meta determined that the content did not violate our policy on Suicide and Self Injury, as laid out in our Facebook Community Standards, and left the content up.
Meta removes any content that “encourages suicide or self-injury” including content that “contains instructions for drastic and unhealthy weight loss when shared together with terms associated with eating disorders.” However, in this case, the content did not violate this policy because the woman neither described her experience with the fruit juice diet as being undertaken to lose weight nor encouraged others to make the same dietary choices. Furthermore, the usage of the term anorexia was not used to encourage or promote eating disorders but merely to disavow anticipated criticism.
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.