Instagram decision to remove ayahuasca post overturned by Meta Oversight Board

Instagram decision to remove ayahuasca post overturned by Meta Oversight Board


Meta’s independent Oversight Board overturned an Instagram decision to remove a post about ayahuasca | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

The Oversight Board for Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta has overturned a decision by the photo-sharing app to remove a post that discussed ayahuasca. The board found that while the July post from a spiritual school in Brazil violated a Facebook rule against promoting the use of non-medical drugs, it did not violate Instagram’s community guidelines “as they were articulated at the time.” The board said Meta needs to be clearer when it applies Facebook rules to Instagram content.

“The Board is concerned that the company continues to apply FB’s Community Standards on IG without transparently telling users it is doing so,” it wrote in its decision. The Instagram rule at the time of the removal only covered the sale and purchase…

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