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27 Wednesday, May 15, 2019 14:33

Facebook restricts Live feature, citing New Zealand shooting


The social media platform said on Tuesday that it was introducing a one-strike policy to Facebook Live [Getty Images] New rulesPeople who break certain rules on Facebook will be restricted from using FB Live for set periods of time.An example could be 30 days, starting on people who commit their first offence.

The restrictions will extend to other areas, beginning with preventing those same people from creating ads on Facebook Source:Facebook  Facebook has said it will introduce a new set of rules around its live-streaming feature as it increases efforts to combat hate speech aimed at curbing online violence in the aftermath of the mass shooting in New Zealand.

The social media platform said on Tuesday that it was introducing a one-strike policy to Facebook Live, where people who break the rules would immediately be restricted from using the live-streaming service for set periods of time - for example 30 days - starting on their first offence.Before today, content that violated its policies - such as hate speech, or terrorist activity - was taken down and in some cases users were banned from Facebook altogether if they continued to commit such offences.

190509155258957We recognise the tension between people who would prefer unfettered access to our services and the restrictions needed to keep people safe on Facebook. Guy Rosen, Facebooks vice president of integrity, said in a blog post.Our goal is to minimise the risk of abuse on Live while enabling people to use Live in a positive way every day, he added.

The platform plans on extending these restrictions to other areas over the coming weeks, beginning with preventing those same people from creating ads on Facebook.Protecting Facebook Live from Abuse and Investing in Manipulated Media Research https://t.co/ubnt5TDfUc— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) May 15, 2019The company did not specify which offences were eligible for the one-strike policy or how long suspensions would last, but a spokeswoman said it would not have been possible for the gunman to use Live on his account under the new rules.

Facebooks vice president also said these new rules require technical innovation to stay ahead of the media manipulation the company experienced after the Christchurch attack when some people modified the video to avoid detection in order to repost it after it was taken down.To that end, were also investing $7.

5m in new research partnerships with leading academics from three universities, designed to improve image and video-analysis technology, Rosen said.The new decision comes as national leaders from around the world gather for an Online Extremism Summit in Paris on Wednesday.The initiative, known as the Christchurch call, was pushed by New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Arden after a white supremacist killed 51 people in attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, live streaming the graphic footage via Facebooks Live service.

. There is a lot more work to do, but I am pleased Facebook has taken additional.....


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