Facebook changes livestream rules after New Zealand shooting

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Facebook gives the impression that it's stopping the vast majority of extremist posts before users ever see

Ardern said today she was encouraged by Facebook's move.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the change addressed a key component of an initiative, known as the "Christchurch Call", she is spearheading to halt the spread of violence online. In the United Kingdom, government leaders last month put forward a proposal that could see social-media sites penalised for failing to combat a wide array of harmful content, including hate speech and cyberbullying.

Facebook also said that it was partnering with The University of Maryland, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley to figure out a way to identify videos of events like the Christchurch mosque attack that are edited in a way to make them now hard for Facebook's systems to identify.

New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern claimed that people don't "need access to military-style semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles" and she doesn't understand why the United States hasn't passed stronger gun legislation following multiple mass shootings.

"Starting today, people who have broken certain rules on Facebook - including our Dangerous Organisations and Individuals policy - will be restricted from using Facebook Live", Rosen said in a statement.

Participants will be asked to commit to pledges to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content on social media and other online platforms.


It said in a blog post in late March that it had identified more than 900 different versions of the video. For instance, someone who shares a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context will now be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time.

The promised measures include updating terms of use and codes of conduct so that they "articulate a clear basis for removal of this content from our platforms".

Top executives from Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Twitter were also expected to attend, though Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was to be represented by another executive from the social media giant. "To be honest, I do not understand the United States", she said. Facebook served as an organizing tool for the deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville in 2017, for example, and lesser-known fringe websites hosted hateful screeds penned by the man accused of opening fire on a Pittsburgh synagogue a year ago.

Ardern said at the time that tech companies could do a great deal more to tackle the spread of violent content.

The systems would not have to actively remove risky content, but could filter them out so they are not recommended or shown in people's search results and news feeds, limiting their spread. Previously, Facebook usually did not bar users until they had repeatedly violated its rules.

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