Facebook hardens the rules of live video after the Christchurch bombing

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The sequence shocked the whole world. During
the Christchurch bombing in New Zealand,

    the killer had used Facebook's live live video platform to spread the slaughter. And Facebook was slow to interrupt the 17-minute long video. The company has therefore revised the conditions of use of Live.

Starting Wednesday, anyone who violates Facebook's most sensitive policies will be banned from using Facebook Live for a specified period of time – such as 30 days – from the time of their first offense.

To illustrate the type of offenses that will be punished, Guy Rosen, a senior social network leader, cited the example on his blog of a person sharing a link to a release of a terrorist group without context. Facebook also plans in the coming weeks to prevent these offenders from placing ads on the network.

Call from Christchurch

Facebook also announced a $ 7.5 million ($ 6.7 million) research partnership to enhance its image analysis capabilities. Because the company, in the case of Christchurch, faced a technical challenge: its systems had trouble identifying the different versions and montages of images from the same original video.

"It's clear that tackling the rise of manipulated content will require extensive research and collaboration between industry and academia," Facebook said.

This announcement comes just hours before the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, to launch in Paris.
"The call of Christchurch"

    against terrorism and violent extremism on the Internet. This text, which has no binding scope, aims to increase "the responsiveness, anticipation, transparency and crisis management" platforms and states, according to the Elysee.

Other platforms have already taken action, like YouTube, which recently raised the subscriber threshold required to use YouTube live on a mobile device.

Source AFP and Reuters

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