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Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a photo of a curtain hanging over a window which resembles the Trans Pride flag. The photo has a text overlay which includes the words “New technology. Curtains which hang themselves” and is accompanied by a caption with the words “spring cleaning” and a heart symbol.
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 was left up in error. We therefore removed the content.
Meta prohibits content containing “direct attack[s] against people – rather than concepts or institutions – on the basis of what we call protected characteristics” such as sex or gender identity. Hate speech attacks include “content targeting a person or group of people on the basis of their aforementioned protected characteristics… with violent speech.” Violent speech includes “statements advocating or supporting death, disease, or harm.”
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 so no further action will be taken on it.
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.