Facebook restricts Live feature aimed at curbing online violence

Submitted by Tarryn.Josephs on Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:22
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Cape Town - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it was tightening rules around its livestreaming feature ahead of a meeting with world leaders. 

It is aimed at curbing online violence after the killing of 51 people at two New Zealand mosques was livestreamed. 

It was New Zealand’s worst 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.

“Facebook’s decision to put limits on live streaming is a good first step to restrict the application being used as a tool for terrorists, and shows the Christchurch Call is being acted on,” said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in an email.

Facebook has said it removed 1.5 million videos globally that contained footage of the attack in the first 24 hours after it occurred.

It said in a blog post in late March that it had identified more than 900 different versions of the video.

Facebook did not specify which offences were eligible for the one-strike policy or how long suspensions would last. - Reuters

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