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Facebook to BAN users from livestreaming for 30 days if they break its rules

Facebook claims it will now ban users from using its Live function for 30 days  if they breach rules laid out by the firm as it cracks down on violent content.  It comes as part of a widespread attempt to erradicate hate crimes and violence form the web across all outlets following the devastating Christchurch massacre.

 The social network says it is introducing a one strike policy for those who violate its most serious rules. Facebooks announcement comes as tech giants and world leaders meet in Paris to discuss plans to eliminate online violence. Representatives of Google, Facebook and Twitter were present at the meeting, hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

A non-legally binding text was issued which failed to outline any concrete steps that would be taken by individual firms.

Representatives of Google, Facebook and Twitter were present at the meeting, hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (left).

World leaders, including Theresa May (right) attended 

A lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 while live streaming the attacks on Facebook. The image shows Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, where one of two mass shootings occurred A spokeswoman said it would not have been possible for the Christchurch shooter to use Live on his account under the new rules.

 The firm says that the ban will be applied from a users first violation. Vice president of integrity at Facebook, Guy Rosen, said that in the violations would include a user linking to a statement from a terrorist group with no context in a post. The restrictions will also be extended into other features on the platform over the coming weeks, beginning with stopping those same people from creating ads on Facebook.

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.. Share this article Share Mr Rosen said in a statement: Following the horrific recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand, weve been reviewing what more we can do to limit our services from being used to cause harm or spread hate.

The announcement comes as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern co-chairs a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris today urging world leaders and chiefs of tech companies to sign the Christchurch Call, a pledge to eliminate violent extremist content online. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who had been expected to attend the summit, will be absent.

. He will instead be represented by vice president for global affairs and communications.....


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