Facebook to curb livestreaming amid pressure over Christchurch massacre

Facebook announces changes on eve of Christchurch Call

Facebook announces changes on eve of Christchurch Call

Facebook is changing some of its rules in the wake of the mass shooting at a New Zealand mosque. Ardern is seen here laying a wreath at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in Auckland last month.

Before the Christchurch attack, she said, governments took a "traditional approach to terrorism that would not necessarily have picked up the form of terrorism that New Zealand experienced on the 15th of March, and that was white supremacy".

The New Zealand leader earned huge global prominence and respect after the attacks by reaching out to Muslim communities at home and vowing a widescale crackdown on extremist content.

Now Ardern is turning her efforts toward another factor in the violence that day: the social media platforms on which the gunman live-streamed his attack.

"(We're) asking both nations and private corporations to make changes to prevent the posting of terrorist content online, to ensure its efficient and fast removal and to prevent the use of live-streaming as a tool for broadcasting terrorist attacks", she wrote in The Times.

The policy applies not just to violations on Facebook Live streaming alone.

Rosen said that Facebook plans to expand the restrictions to other parts of the platform and soon, users who violate its standards will no longer be able to create ads.

Ardern said Facebook removed 1.5 million copies of the video within 24 hours of the attack, but she still found herself among those who inadvertently saw the footage when it auto-played on their social media feeds.

Around 8,000 New Zealanders called a mental health hotline after seeing the video, she told CNN.

Ardern said the new rules are a step in the right direction. And so we must ensure that in our attempts to prevent harm that we do not compromise the integral pillar of society that is freedom of expression.

The Tech for Good meeting will also be attended by the CEO of ride hailing app Uber Dara Khosrowshahi, who will later have bilateral talks with Macron.

"The pledge does not contain enforcement or regulatory measures. It will be up to each country and company to decide how to carry out the commitments, according to two senior New Zealand officials involved in the drafting, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the exact wording of the pledge was still being finalized", according to the Times.

Facebook toughened its livestreaming policies Wednesday as it prepared to huddle with world leaders and other tech CEOs in Paris to find ways to keep social media from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast terror attacks.

They have launched the "Christchurch Appeal", an inter-governmental call to put an end to terrorist acts stemming from online radicalisation.

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