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Facebook enables restrictions on Live broadcasting to prevent future abuse


On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it would restrict its live-streaming services on the platform following the white nationalist terrorist attacks in New Zealand only a few months ago.

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According to the blog post, Facebook said that it would be applying what it called a “one strike” policy to Facebook Live that would ban users who violate the company’s standards once from using the live-streaming service for set periods of time. The above apply to everything the user posts on the platform and not only on the Live broadcasting. If a user tries to post a link that leads to a website where terrorism is visible, they would be banned from live-streaming as well as Facebook.

These new restrictions also apply to Facebook’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy that was introduced earlier this month and led to right-wing personalities like Paul Nehlen, Alex Jones, and Milo Yiannopoulos being banned from both Facebook and Instagram.

“Our goal is to minimize risk of abuse on Live while enabling people to use Live in a positive way every day,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity said in a blog post.

Facebook hopes to expand these restrictions to other parts of the platform in the future. Soon, these same users who violate Facebook’s Community Standards will be banned from creating ads as well.

The decision comes after a white nationalist terrorist attack in New Zealand after a terrorist entered mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and live-streamed the attack on the platform. After the shootings, Facebook has been criticized for allowing the individual to stream the whole attack, or not deleting the footage at a fast enough pace.

“Following the horrific terrorist attacks in New Zealand, we’ve been reviewing what more we can do to limit our services from being used to cause harm or spread hate”, Rosen said.

Facebook is also trying to partner with many more researchers and universities to improve the platform’s video and sound quality. Rosen says that the whole partnerships are valued around $7.5 million.


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