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Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by an Instagram user regarding a photo containing a list of false facts about the Holocaust which, as a result, imply denial of the Holocaust. Some of the false facts included speculation around mentions of the Holocaust by allied leaders and the false suggestion that infrastructure for carrying out the Holocaust was not built until after the war.
Upon initial review, Meta left this content up. However, upon further review, we determined the content did in fact violate our policy on Hate Speech, as laid out in the Facebook Community Standards and Instagram Community Guidelines, and was left up in error. We therefore removed the content.
Meta removes content that contains hate speech, including “harmful stereotypes linked to intimidation, exclusion, or violence on the basis of a protected characteristic” such as Holocaust denial. Holocaust denial includes content that “denies, calls into doubt, or minimizes the fact that the Holocaust happened, the number of victims, or the mechanisms of destruction used.”
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.
We welcome the Oversight Board’s decision today on this case. The board overturned Meta’s original decision to leave this content up. Meta previously removed this content.
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.