Oversight Board Selects Case About a Post in a Group Discussing the Situation in South Africa While Using Slurs


SEP 28, 2021

Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a post in a public group that discusses “multi-racialism” in South Africa, arguing that poverty, homelessness, and landlessness have increased for black people in South Africa since 1994, with white people still holding and controlling the majority of wealth. The post includes a number of slurs.

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 race or ethnicity.

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 decided to uphold Facebook’s decision so we have taken no further action related to this case or the content.

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