Facebook will introduce new rules for live streaming, following the streaming of New Zealand’s mosque massacre two months ago.
Starting this Wednesday, persons breaking Facebook’s most stringent policies are going to be banned immediately from using the Live feature, possibly for 30 days. Facebook intends to implement its community standards strictly to prohibit the spread of terrorist propaganda through the social networking site.
A spokesperson for Facebook said the new rule would not have permitted the alleged shooter at Christchurch to livestream the mass shooting.
The announcement follows a push from France & New Zealand encouraging I.T. companies as well as countries to come together to reduce the online spreading of extremist information. Christchurch Call, a non-binding agreement will be likely announced during a digital leaders meeting for the nations of Group of Seven, on Wednesday.
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister says she has spoken to Mark Zuckerberg who has complied to give full support through Facebook.
Apart from livestreaming, tech companies also face the challenge of containing the spread of extremist videos while battling terrorism. Videos of the New Zealand shooting spread rapidly not just through Facebook, but through Twitter, YouTube and other private messaging applications. Copies were still seen on the bigger tech sites, more than one month from the shooting.
On Tuesday, Facebook said in a post that video detection still needs much research. To recognize manipulated media better, the social networking site said it will also be partnering with universities for research, by investing $7.5 million.
Other companies taking part in Christchurch Call remain unknown, just as there isn’t clarity if such a voluntary agreement can help major tech companies to avoid public regulations.
Ardern says the call for action isn’t about regulation only, instead it is about bringing more companies forward and reminding them that they have to play their part to meet what is expected of them.