Oversight Board Selects Case Regarding a Post Depicting Indigenous Artwork and Discussing Residential Schools


SEP 16, 2021

Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a picture of a traditional wampum belt. The belt includes depictions inspired by “the Kamloops story”, a reference to the discovery of unmarked graves at a former residential school for First Nations children in British Columbia, Canada.

Upon initial review, Facebook took down this content for violating our policy on hate speech, 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 will update this post accordingly. Please see the board’s website for the decision when they issue it.