Facebook tightens live-streaming in crackdown on violence

  • Facebook tightens live-streaming in crackdown on violence

Facebook tightens live-streaming in crackdown on violence

The initiative, known as the "Christchurch call", was pushed by Ardern after a self-described white supremacist gunned down 51 people in a massacre at two mosques in the New Zealand city in March, the country's worst atrocity of recent times. But the White House said in a statement it is "not now in a position to join the endorsement", which leaders from countries such as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom are expected to sign.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the move, saying it has acted on the "Christchurch Call" for online terror material to be shut down.

People who have broken certain rules, including those against "dangerous organisations and individuals", will be restricted from using the Facebook Live streaming feature, said the vice president of integrity Guy Rosen.

Ardern was set to join other world leaders in launching the "Christchurch Call" to curb online extremism at an global meeting in Paris on Wednesday.

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey, Facebook Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg and Google Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker will attend the meeting, according to the French president's office.

Ardern has said the pledge is focused narrowly on violent content. Therefore, if a user posted content leading to a terrorist website, they'd be banned from livestreaming.

A number of nations are expected to sign the Christchurch Call, the Times reports, but the U.S.is not among them, with concerns about free speech. The social media firm said it was also funding US$7.5-million in research partnerships at three American universities to study ways to improve technology that analyzes photos and videos.

In a New York Times opinion column Saturday, Ardern wrote of the balance that must be struck: "Social media connects people".

In Wednesday's statement, Facebook acknowledged the inadequacy of its own systems.

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.

"Macron was one of the first leaders to call the prime minister after the attack, and he has long made removing hateful online content a priority", New Zealand's ambassador to France, Jane Coombs, told journalists on Monday.

First-time offenders will be suspended from using Live for set periods of time, the company said.

Firms themselves will be urged to come up with concrete measures, the source said, for example by reserving live broadcasting to social media accounts whose owners have been identified.