Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Facebook Live Will Have Stricter Guidelines

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 Facebook announces changes on eve of Christchurch Call
Deanna Wagner | 16 May, 2019, 00:05

The country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is spearheading the "Christchurch Call" initiative to curb the spread of online violence, welcomed the announcement, saying it is "a good first step to restrict the application being used as a tool for terrorists".

Starting Wednesday, people who break Facebook's "most serious policies" will be immediately banned from using Facebook Live for a period of time, such as 30 days.

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.

New Zealand officials said she found a natural partner for the fight against online extremism in Macron, who has repeatedly stated that the status quo is unacceptable. The company did not specify which offenses will be covered by the policy or the length of suspensions for rule-breaking users.

Prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who has negotiated the pledge in the weeks since the Christchurch terror attack of March 15, has been careful to keep it as narrow as possible, in order to allay free speech concerns.

"The United States stands with the global community in condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online in the strongest terms".

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Facebook said it's tightening the rules for its livestreaming service with a "one strike" policy applied to a broader range of offences.

"Tackling these threats also requires technical innovation to stay ahead of the type of adversarial media manipulation we saw after Christchurch", Facebook's vice-president of integrity, Guy Rosen, said in a blog post.

It is unknown what other companies will take part in the Christchurch Call, or if the voluntary agreement will help the mainstream tech companies avoid government regulation.

Last year, France struck a six-month deal with Facebook that allows regulators unprecedented access to study the tech giant's approach to fighting posts and photos that attack people on the basis of race, religion, sexuality or gender.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told reporters, "I think everybody agrees that a higher level of responsibility is demanded from all of the platforms". 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 previous year. It will be researching new ways to identify edited versions of banned content that escaped detection and deletion.

Knott said the United States should be involved in the effort, and anxious that its refusal to engage could undermine an issue of global importance - particularly because virtually all of the major social-media companies are based there.