Facebook altering livestream rules after New Zealand mass shooting

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2019

Before the Christchurch attack, she said, governments took a "traditional approach to terrorism that would not necessarily have picked up the form of terrorism that New Zealand experienced on the 15th of March, and that was white supremacy". There will be a 30-day ban for first offenses.

The social network also revealed its plans to tighten rules for its other features in coming weeks, namely preventing such offenders from creating ads.

In Ottawa, the House of Commons committee on access to information, privacy and ethics recently issued a summons for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg to appear as witnesses in relation to a Privacy Commissioner's report that criticized the company for not doing enough to protect the privacy of Canadian users.

Facebook toughened its livestreaming policies Wednesday as it prepared to huddle with world leaders and other tech CEOs in Paris to find ways to keep social media from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast terror attacks. "To be honest, I do not understand the United States", Ardern said.

France's president Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand's Prime minister Jacinda Ardern have joined forces to fight against online extremism.

In a nod to what Facebook is expected to sign up for in the Christchurch Call To Action, Rosen said this was only the beginning. The attack was streamed live on social media and left 51 people dead. "Facebook has made a tangible first step to stop that act being repeated on their platform". After revealing that Facebook found more than 900 videos showing portions of the attack, COO Cheryl Sandberg admitted that the company needed to do more.

There were 1.5 million attempted uploads of the gunman's video within 24 hours of his livestream, and its AI technology automatically blocked 1.2 million of those uploads.

In an opinion piece in the New York Times on Saturday, Ardern said the "Christchurch Call" would be a voluntary framework that commits signatories to put in place specific measures to prevent the uploading of terrorist content.

Ardern has said the research was welcome and that edited and manipulated videos of the March 15 mosque shootings had been slow to be removed, resulting in many, including herself, seeing it played in Facebook feeds.

It also said it would fund research at three universities on techniques to detect manipulated media, which Facebook's systems struggled to spot in the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks. The initiative isn't legally binding and details will be disclosed after the meeting, Macron's office said in a press briefing.

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