Facebook to tighten live stream access after mosque attacks

The alleged gunman had an audience of about 200 people during the 17 minutes of live broadcast

The alleged gunman had an audience of about 200 people during the 17 minutes of live broadcast

She said the company is weighing limiting access to Facebook Live for those who have violated its "community" standards and is working on how to respond faster when disturbing footage is aired.

A lone gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand on March 15, while livestreaming the massacre. "Facebook's update should move Twitter, YouTube, and Amazon to act urgently to stem the growth of white nationalist ideologies, which find space on platforms to spread the violent ideas and rhetoric that inspired the tragic attacks witnessed in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and now Christchurch".

Many people have "rightly questioned how online platforms such as Facebook were used to circulate horrific videos of the attack", chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an online post. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had called for a united global front against social media being used for violence.

Facebook said fewer than 200 people had watched the 17-minute video of the Christchurch shootings while it was live, and the first user report of the video came 12 minutes after it ended.

"All of us at Facebook stand with the victims, their families, the Muslim community, and all of New Zealand".

Sandberg said the original video of the attack, which was shared Live, was re-shared and re-edited, making it harder for Facebook's system to block it.

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Sandberg said Facebook had identified 900 different videos showing portions of the attack.

"We have heard feedback that we must do more - and we agree", she said.

"In the past week, we have also made changes to our review process to help us improve our response time to videos like this in the future", the Facebook COO noted.

Facebook has officially announced that it will no longer tolerate white nationalism and white separatism on the platform.

Facebook users searching for terms associated with white supremacy will be directed to Life After Hate, an organisation set up by former violent extremists, which provides crisis intervention, education, support groups and outreach.

The social network is using artificial intelligence tools to identify and remove hate groups in Australia and New Zealand, according to Sandberg.

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