Facebook continues its crackdown on the unpleasant elements of its online platform, with a tightening of the rules of its live streaming feature.
Soon after the massacre of 51 Muslims in mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March – an attack that was partly livestreamed online, Facebook announced the ban of “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on Facebook and Instagram.”
It has followed this up with calls for more online regulation and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to work with governments around the world to ensure more privacy and tougher rules surrounding online hate.
Facebook made clear it that the New Zealand massacre has prompted the change, after the attack was livestreamed on the platform.
Following the horrific terrorist attacks in New Zealand, we’ve been reviewing what more we can do to limit our services from being used to cause harm or spread hate,” the social networking platform announced.
“As a direct result, starting today, people who have broken certain rules on Facebook including our Dangerous Organizations and Individuals policy – will be restricted from using Facebook Live.”