Call for Women to Join Political Protest in Cuba


OCT 3, 2023


Today, the Oversight Board selected a case referred by Meta regarding a video posted on Instagram calling for women to join the user’s political protest against the Cuban government. The video was accompanied by a caption criticizing men for being cowardly and comparing them to rats and horses laden with chamber pots.

Meta determined that the content violated our Hate Speech policy, as laid out in the Instagram Community Guidelines and Facebook Community Standards, and the post was removed from the platform.

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

Meta prohibits speech that attacks people based on certain protected characteristics, including sex. Meta defines an attack to include “comparisons, generalizations, or unqualified behavioral statements (in written or visual form) to or about: animals that are culturally perceived as intellectually or physically inferior.”

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.

Case decision

We welcome the Oversight Board’s decision today on this case. The board overturned Meta’s original decision to remove the content from Instagram. Meta will act to comply with the board's decision and reinstate the content within 7 days.

Given there are no new recommendations associated with this case, there will be no further updates made to this page. Refer to our Quarterly Updates on the Oversight Board to track recommendation implementation progress across relevant previous decisions.