Facebook Restricts Livestream Feature To Stop Causing Harm or Hate Spreading

The largest social media site announced that it will be restricting live stream tool usage in an effort to limit or prevent hate spreading and harms. A company executive from Facebook gave the decision to limit the live feature to certain users on Tuesday.

The company said that users falling against particular rules will be barred to use Livestream feature, commonly known as Facebook Live. The company further added that a set of rules for the “Dangerous Organizations and Individuals” will be included in the new policy.

Facebook stated that it’s planning to stop individuals who violate “our most serious policies” from using the live feature for “set periods of time — for example 30 days — starting on their first offense.”

Facebook’s vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, wrote in a press release, “We plan on extending these restrictions to other areas over the coming weeks, beginning with preventing those same people from creating ads on Facebook.”

This announcement is the result of the recent mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. The incident left 51 people dead when a white supremacist shooter from Australia live-streamed the whole shooting incident on Facebook.

It is still not confirmed whether the new detection mechanism would have prevented the Christchurch incident from happening. Facebook denied commenting on this after the implementation of the new rule.

The press release for the new rule came just hours before the French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron was set to meet New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for stopping the extremist content from spreading online.

$7.5 Million Partnership To Improve Image and Video Analysis Technology

Furthermore, the social media giant also announced a $7.5 million partnership to “improve image and video analysis technology” of terrorist videos. This partnership will be among three different universities where most of the research will centralize on identifying “manipulated media across images, video, and audio” and “distinguishing between unwitting posters and adversaries who intentionally manipulate videos and photographs.” The three universities include The University of Maryland, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Facebook has been in the limelight as a platform responsible for spreading hate speech several times with constant inspections. It has been weeks since the Christchurch attacks, but New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner John Edwards still slammed social media site by calling the people at Facebook “morally bankrupt pathological liars” who “facilitate foreign undermining of the democratic institution” through twitter. He also added that “Facebook cannot be trusted,” at the end of his later deleted tweets.