The hashtags added by the user, according to Meta, might be seen as celebrating violence and downplaying pain. For what video was removed?
On Wednesday, i.e., Dec 14, Meta’s Oversight Board overruled a decision to take down a video that had been posted on Instagram and showed the horrific aftermath of a Nigerian church massacre that left at least 40 people dead. There is no news of other people getting wounded.
The Video was posted by an Instagram user
An Instagram user posted the footage of the bleeding victims, which was horrifying to watch, on the ground that appeared to be the consequences of the church attack that happened in Owo, southwest Nigeria, on June 5.
The video was taken down for violent content
The corporation was informed about the video by the Meta Media Matching Service bank for the Violent and Graphic Content guideline, and the video was taken down for breaking the rule. Although there were some hashtags added by the user, according to Meta, might be seen as celebrating violence and downplaying pain. For this reason, the video was taken down.
The board made the decision after a request by the user
The user challenged Meta’s judgement to the Oversight Board, requesting that the content be reinstated. The board discovered that the video had already had over 6,000 views by the time it was taken down and the post had received “prayers and statements for safety in Nigeria”.
The board suggested reinstatement of the video with a warning tag
The board requested that Meta reinstate the post on Wednesday with a “disturbing content” warning, claiming that doing so would safeguard the privacy of the victims while still enabling debate of the incident, as the content is related to an anti-social happening.
Nigerian govt. trying to suppress no. of incidents
These types of issues are coming up in the last few years. That is the reason the Nigerian government has suppressed coverage of some of the continuing terrorist assaults in Nigeria, albeit it does not appear to have done so in the case of the incident on June 5,” the board stated.
The attackers were part of an Islamic State in West Africa
According to Nigerian Officials, the attackers were from the Islamic State in West Africa at St. Francis Catholic Church, which happened during Pentecost Sunday service. The incident happened in June. After almost 2 months of incidents, i.e., in August, five individuals were detained.
Nigeria trying to control the media
Nigeria is one of the most populated nations in Africa and it has been looking for measures to control social media usage. They are using almost all the major social media platforms. Nigerians use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok in their millions.
Nigerian officials requested to block anti-social elements on Google related to Nigeria
There are a lot of channels on Youtube that are considered related to the organisation responsible for unlawful activities, therefore the West African nation has urged Google to prevent prohibited parties and terrorist organisations from using YouTube channels and live streams inside its borders. Govt. of Nigeria trying its best to stop these types of activities from happening in Nigeria.