Facebook exploring restrictions on who can livestream

epa07274789 Social networking site Facebook is displayed on an electronic device at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam, 11 January 2019. Vietnam has accused Facebook of breaking a cybersecurity law by allowing users to post anti-government comments, according to state media. EPA-EFE/LUONG THAI LINH

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Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced the company is looking to place restrictions on who can go live on its platform based on certain criteria in the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre.

The company will monitor who can go “Live” on Facebook depending on factors such as prior community standard violations, Sandberg said in a blog post.

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Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

During the Christchurch shooting, the gunman who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand on March 15, livestreamed the massacre.

Last week, the social networking giant said it removed 1.5 million videos globally that had footage of the New Zealand mosque attack in the first 24 hours after the attack.

Earlier this week, one of the main groups representing Muslims in France said it was suing Facebook and YouTube, accusing them of inciting violence by allowing the streaming of the video.

Via Reuters

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