Facebook Oversight Board Selects First Cases to Review

Press release by Brent Harris, Facebook Director of Governance and Global Affairs


The Facebook Oversight Board announced that it has selected the first six cases it will review, including five user appeals and one case referred by Facebook.


The Oversight Board is a separate body that people can appeal to if they disagree with decisions we made about their content on Facebook or Instagram. The board began accepting cases last month, and it will continue to receive appeals while it considers these six cases. Facebook will also continue to refer cases that we see as significant and difficult.


This model of independent oversight represents a new chapter in online governance, and we’re committed to implementing the board’s decisions. We look forward to the board’s first decisions, which should be issued in the months to come.

The board also announced that its public comment system is now live. It will allow anyone, from the general public to subject matter experts and civil society organizations, to submit research and perspectives relating to cases.

Case Updates From Facebook

Just as we’ve done today, we will continue to publish a post for each case the board reviews on about.fb.com/oversight.

  • A case concerning comments made by a public figure about violence against French people.

  • A case concerning a photo of a deceased child and commentary on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims.

  • A case concerning historical photos purportedly showing churches in Baku and a caption indicating disdain for Azerbaijani people and support for Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

  • A case concerning photos with nudity related to breast cancer symptoms.

  • A case concerning a post which contained an alleged quote from Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany.

  • A case concerning a post in a Group claiming hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin is a cure for COVID-19 and criticizing the French government’s response to COVID-19.

Once the board makes a decision, we will update each post to include details about the decision and how we have implemented it for relevant content. In line with the bylaws, if the board issues a policy advisory statement, we will update the post again with our response to that statement.

Those who are interested in checking on a case they submitted can log on to the Oversight Board website for updates at any point after the case is submitted.

As the board starts to hear more cases, we will provide a comprehensive and fully searchable archive of case decisions and our actions in response.