Oversight Board Selects Case on Uyghur Muslims

Update on February 25, 2021 at 10:00AM PT:

When the board issued their binding decision for this case last month, we immediately implemented it and reinstated the case content. At that time they did not issue any non-binding recommendations for this case. We’ve started the process of reinstating identical content with parallel context in line with the board’s decision. This action will affect not only content previously posted on Facebook but also future content.

Update on January 28, 2021 at 7:00AM PT:

We welcome the Oversight Board’s decision today on this case. Facebook has acted to comply with the board’s decision immediately, and this content has been reinstated.

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 post about how we will implement the board’s decisions. We will update this post again once any further action is taken on other identical content with parallel context.

Originally published on December 1, 2020 at 5:45AM PT:

Today, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by someone on Facebook regarding a photo of a deceased child in connection with commentary on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims.

Facebook has taken down this content for violating our policy on hate speech, as laid out in our Community Standards. We do not allow hate speech on Facebook because it creates an environment of intimidation and exclusion, and in some cases, may promote real-world violence.

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.



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