Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding A Photo of an Individual Killed in Ukraine During the Russian Invasion with Text Containing an Excerpt from a World War II Era Poem


NOV 16, 2022

Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a post containing an image depicting an individual who was killed in the Ukrainian city of Bucha during the Russian invasion of Ukraine and text containing an excerpt from a Russian poem. The caption discusses the Russian invasion and includes reference to a Russian poem from WWII which includes a call for violence against the Nazi invading forces.

Upon initial review, Meta took down this content for violating our policy on Hate Speech. However, upon additional review, we determined we removed this content in error and reinstated it with a warning screen over the image.

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. The board overturned Meta’s original decision to remove the content from the platform. Meta previously restored the content to the platform and has acted to comply with the board’s decision immediately by removing the warning screen.

In accordance with the bylaws, we will also initiate a review of identical content with parallel context. If we determine that we have the technical and operational capacity to take action on that content as well, we will do so promptly. For more information, please see our Newsroom post about how we implement the board’s decisions.

After conducting a review of the recommendations provided by the board in addition to their decision, we will update this page.