Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Post with a Photo of a Topless Person and Shirts for Sale

UPDATED

OCT 14, 2022

Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by an Instagram user regarding a carousel post (a single Instagram post that can contain up to ten images with a single caption). The carousel contains an image of a couple, one of whom is topless with their nipples covered. Additional photos in the post contain t-shirts being sold. The caption states that the individual “is going to be having TOP SURGERY” and encourages users to check out the couple’s website or shop button on IG to buy shirts to help pay for the surgery.

Upon initial review, Meta took down this content for violating our policy on Sexual Solicitation, as laid out in the Instagram Community Guidelines and Facebook Community Standards. However, upon further review, we determined we removed this content in error and restored 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.