Oversight Board Selects Case About a Shared Post Depicting Protests in Colombia While Using a Slur


SEP 27, 2021

Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a post shared by the page of a regional news outlet in Colombia. The post contains a short video with text expressing admiration for the protestors in the video who are chanting about the President of Colombia, tax reform, and the strike in Colombia and was originally shared by a verified page. The chanting includes a term identified as a slur.

Facebook took down this content for violating our policy on hate speech , as laid out in the Facebook Community Standards . We do not allow content that “describes or negatively targets people with slurs, where slurs are defined as words that are inherently offensive and used as insulting labels” on the basis of protected characteristics including sexual orientation.

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.

Case decision

We welcome the Oversight Board’s decision today on this case. Facebook has acted to comply with the board’s decision immediately, and this content has been reinstated.

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 recommendation provided by the board in addition to their decision, we will update this post.