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Today, the Oversight Board selected a case referred by Meta regarding a video posted to Facebook in which people urge vigilante violence against a person whom they suspect to be a member of a local gang. In the video, a group of people surround a locked cell containing a suspected gang member. One person yells “we’re going to break the lock” and another yells “they’re already dead.” Lastly, a person yells a phrase that references Bwa Kale – an anti-gang and vigilante movement in Haiti. Over the last several months gang violence in Haiti has risen considerably and vigilante movements, such as Bwa Kale, are suspected of retaliating via extrajudicial violence.
Meta took down this content for violating our Violence and Incitement policy, as laid out in the Facebook Community Standards, and the post was removed from our platform.
Meta prohibits content containing “statements of intent to commit high-severity violence” or content that constitutes a “call to action” for people to commit high-severity violence against a targeted person. We define a “call to action” as “inviting or encouraging others to carry out harmful acts or to join the user or poster in executing harmful acts.”
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.