Facebook has promised to explore restrictions on live streaming, two weeks after it was used during gun attacks on two mosques in New Zealand. Also, the company was heavily criticized in the wake of attack over its lack of responsiveness. Facebook largely stayed silent on this matter until yesterday when the COO addressed a letter to the New Zealand Herald.
The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive attacks by the terrorist at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was on the 15 March of 2019 during the Friday prayer and the attacks killed 50 people and injured 50 other. In fact the first part of the deadliest mass shooting was live-streamed on Facebook by the gunman.
COO’s words about the Video Restrictions?
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook wrote in her letter to New Zealand Herald “All of us at Facebook stand with the victims, their families, the Muslim community, and all of New Zealand,” In the letter, she also mentions three steps that the company is taking, including that it’s “exploring restrictions” for live video.” People with bad intentions will always try to get around our security measures. That’s why we must work to continually stay ahead”, says COO.
Steps: Strengthening the Rules
The first step is “exploring restrictions” it basically controls who can go live as well as who cannot. This is done based on the factors such as prior Community Standard Violation and Facebook is putting more resources into the system so that it can identify toxic and violent videos even if they are manipulated or edited. The company is even working on technologies that identify re-uploads.
Second removes hate on the Facebook platform. It’s a stronger step. Facebook with its artificial intelligence to identify and remove a range of hate groups in Australia and New Zealand, which includes the Lads Society, the United Patriots Front, the Antipodean Resistance, and National Front New Zealand.
More Insight –
Facebook announced earlier this week it is banning whit nationalist and separatist content from its site. Along with this it also redirects the people searching for such hate content to the resources, which help people leave hate organizations.
The final step in that Facebook itself is providing support to “four local well being and mental health organizations” in New Zealand; along with this the company is even ready to work with a New Zealand governments Royal Commission; which examines how online sites and social media played a role in the attack.