Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces Video Captive


APR 11, 2024


Today, January 9, 2024, the Oversight Board selected a case appealed by a Facebook user regarding a video showing several men holding firearms. An individual in the video self-identifies as a member of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan and describes activities the RSF has taken such as the capture of an Egyptian “infiltrator” in Khartoum. The individual also makes reference to “our leader Mohamed Hamda” who is the Commander Lieutenant General of the RSF. The caption for the video mentions the presence of “foreigners from our evil neighbor.”

Upon initial review, Meta left this content up. However, upon further review, we determined the content did in fact violate our Dangerous Organizations and Individuals policy, as laid out in the Facebook Community Standards, and was left up in error. We therefore removed the content.

Meta does not allow organizations or individuals that proclaim a violent mission or are engaged in violence to have a presence on our platforms. Meta also removes any content that contains “praise, substantive support and representation” of designated entities, including “organizations themselves, their activities, and their members.” Substantive support includes “channeling information or resources, including official communications, on behalf of a designated entity or event.” In this case, the user who posted the video is channeling information about the RSF – a designated terrorist organization (Tier 1) under our Dangerous Organizations and Individuals policy – by posting the video of someone who self-identifies as a member of the RSF and describes activities the RSF has taken without a caption that “condemns, neutrally discusses, or is a part of news reporting.”

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, April 11, 2024, on this case. The Board overturned Meta’s original decision to leave this content up on Facebook. Meta previously removed this content.

When it is technically and operationally possible to do so, we will also take action on content that is identical and made in the same context.

After conducting a review of the recommendations provided by the Board, we will update this page with initial responses to those recommendations.