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Meta Oversight Board Overturns Instagram Ban on Hallucinogen

Banisteriopsis caapi leaves, also known as Ayahuasca, growing in Pucallpa, Peru. 

Banisteriopsis caapi leaves, also known as Ayahuasca, growing in Pucallpa, Peru. 

Photographer: Manuel Medir/Getty Images 

Instagram reversed its decision to remove a post about ayahuasca, a plant-based psychoactive brew used in spiritual ceremonies by indigenous groups in South America, after the Oversight Board of parent Meta called for the social platform to allow for “positive discussion of religious or traditional uses of non-medical drugs.”

In its ruling published Thursday, the Oversight Board also said the company formerly known as Facebook needed to change its rules on regulated goods to better “respect diverse traditional and religious practices” on some non-medical drugs.