Facebook Clamps Down on Livestreaming

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Facebook Inc says it is tightening rules around its livestreaming feature ahead of a meeting of world leaders aimed at curbing online violence in the aftermath of a mass shooting in New Zealand.

Facebook is absent from the talks, but in an interview with CNN, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she’d spoken with the company’s chief executive.

“I’ve spoken to Mark Zuckerberg directly twice now and actually we’ve had good ongoing engagement with Facebook, and the last time I spoke to him a matter of days ago, he did give Facebook’s support to this call to action,” she said.

A lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 15 while livestreaming the attacks on Facebook.

It was New Zealand’s worst peacetime shooting and spurred calls for tech companies to do more to combat extremism on their services.

Facebook said in a statement it was introducing a “one-strike” policy for use of Facebook Live, temporarily restricting access for people who have faced disciplinary action for breaking the company’s most serious rules anywhere on its site.

First-time offenders will be suspended from using Live for set periods of time, the company said. It is also broadening the range of offences that will qualify for one-strike suspensions.

 

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