Facebook Takes Step to Police Content on Its Live Service

Posted in: Government & Policy at 15/05/2019 20:06

When 51 people were killed in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, the suspect, an Australian man, broadcast the attack live on Facebook. The video spread across the internet.

On Tuesday night, in its strongest response yet to the violent scenes that were live-streamed over its social network, Facebook announced that it would place more restrictions on the use of its live video service.

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France, New Zealand to launch a call to end online extremism
The leaders of France and New Zealand will make a joint push to eliminate acts of violent extremism from being shown online, in a meeting with tech leaders in Paris on Wednesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will launch the “Christchurch call” —named after the New Zealand city where 51 people were killed in a March 15 attack on mosques.

Facebook, Google, Twitter to join Paris meeting
Two months after deadly attacks inspired by online hate left dozens dead in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country’s prime minister will urge other governments and top tech giants to commit to combating the spread of extremism on social media.

The “Christchurch call” — a voluntary pledge presented on the sidelines of a G-7 gathering in Paris — reflects heightened global fears that Facebook, Google and Twitter have become conduits for terrorism, unable to keep pace with malicious actors who’ve proven deft at evading Silicon Valley’s efforts to prevent harmful content from going viral on the Web.

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