Oversight Board Selects a Case Regarding a Post Describing Sexual Violence Against Minors

UPDATED

NOV 2, 2021

Today, the Oversight Board selected a case referred by Meta regarding a post on Facebook from a Swedish journalist describing sexual violence against minors.

Upon initial review, after the post was reported in 2019, we found the content to be non-violating and it was left up. However, when the content was flagged again in 2021 further review determined the post did in fact violate Facebook’s policy on Child Sexual Exploitation and it was removed.

Facebook does not allow content that violates its policy on Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Nudity. Under this policy, Meta removes content that, among other things, “shows children in a sexualized context.” Facebook explained in their referral to the board that the post was in violation of this policy because it “describes how the attacker viewed the minor in sexually explicit terms.” However, when the content was flagged again in 2021 further review determined the post did in fact violate Facebook’s policy on Child Sexual Exploitation and it was removed.

Meta referred this case to the board because we found it significant and difficult as it creates tension between our values of voice and safety.

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.