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Facebook introduces restrictions for live streaming after attack in Christchurch

A certain group of Facebook users who violate the rules are subject to live streaming restrictions. This is a response to the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, where the terrorist streamed his actions live on the platform.

Starting Wednesday, users who have violated certain Facebook rules will face a ‘one strike’ policy at Facebook Live. This means that users who break the most important rules will be excluded from Live for certain periods. This can be, for example, a period of thirty days in the case of a first violation. Facebook says that if someone places a link to a statement from a terrorist group from now on without providing any context, they will be immediately blocked at Live for a certain period of time.

According to Facebook, this is stricter than the policy that was previously applied. If someone posted something that violated Community Standards so far, their message would be deleted. Repeatedly, the use of Facebook as a whole was blocked, including the use of Live. And in some cases, users were completely excluded from the services, which happened in the case of repeated violations or serious violations, such as posting messages or content in the context of terrorist propaganda or child abuse.

The company also said it was difficult to detect all the videos of the attack in the days following the Christchurch attack, which was partly due to the different versions of the videos, which were sometimes also unknowingly shared. Facebook believes it should improve on this. To achieve this, it spends $ 7.5 million on projects from various American universities that are investigating the detection of manipulated media, and the distinguishing of unconscious uploaders and those who consciously manipulate videos and photos.

It became clear at the end of March that stricter rules would follow with regard to the Live functionality of Facebook. Facebook received the necessary criticism of the way in which it dealt with and acted against the many images of the attack, in which fifty people died. Among other things, an American congressman urged Facebook and tech companies to remove terrorist content from their platforms faster.

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