Facebook Considering Restrictions On Facebook Live

Facebook’s live-streaming video platform, Facebook Live, has faced renewed scrutiny in the weeks following a terrorist attack on a New Zealand mosque that was broadcast using the tool. And for once, Facebook seems to be taking meaningful action to make sure it doesn’t accidentally stream something so horrific again.

According to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the company will explore “restrictions” for live video. She also said that the company has received feedback from users that it must do more to tackle this problem, and that the company agrees.

“Many of you have rightly questioned how online platforms such as Facebook were used to circulate horrific videos of the attack,” Sandberg wrote in an open letter to New Zealand users. “In the wake of [the attack], we are taking three steps: strengthening the rules for using Facebook Live, taking further steps to address hate on our platforms, and… exploring restrictions on who can go Live depending on factors such as prior Community Standard violations.”

While Sandberg’s ideas aren’t very specific, they’re a step in the right direction. Facebook may never be able to entirely stop the spread of hateful content on its platform, but there’s no doubt it can do more to fight back.




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