Facebook is "exploring restrictions" for direct video after the Christchurch attack

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Facebook is "exploring restrictions" for direct video after the Christchurch attack

Chief Operating Officer for Facebook Cheryl Sandberg has identified three steps the company is taking

Earlier in the day, the New Zealand Herald published a letter from COOP Facebook Cheryl Sandberg, addressing how the company dealt with the deadly terrorist attack in Christchurch two weeks ago. 

In the letter, you identify three steps the company takes, including "exploring restrictions" for live video.

It described the attack as a "vicious evil act" and that the company "is committed to reviewing what happened" and is working with the country's authorities. 

In the wake of the attack, Facebook says it has removed 1.5 million videos for attack worldwide, with a 1.2 ban on "loading". 

In her letter, Sandberg says that while Facebook moved quickly to remove the video and calculate the culprit, the company could do more, and set three steps to take. 

We have contacted Facebook for clarification on the letter, and we will update this publication if we hear the feedback.

The first step is that Facebook "explores restrictions on who can broadcast live according to factors such as past Community Standard violations" and that the company is putting more resources into systems that can identify violent videos, even if they are edited. 

Indicated that it had found more than 900 different versions of the video of the attack.

The second step is to take "stronger steps to remove hatred on our platforms." Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it was banning national separatist content from the site and would redirect people looking for content to resources that help people who leave hate organizations. 

Sandberg says that the company has since removed a number of groups for such institutions from its statute, and will remove praise for these groups as well.

The last step identified by Sandberg is that the company provides support for the "Four Local Organizations for Mental Wellbeing and Health" in New Zealand and reiterated that the company "is ready to work with a committee designed to study how social websites and media platforms played a role in the attack.

Sandberg's speech does not detail what it means to "explore restrictions" on live video, although there appear to be some caveats - such as whether someone has already violated community standards. 

Earlier this month, the perpetrator filmed his attacks on two mosques and uploaded them to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram to transform them into a virus. 

While the attack was initially shown by less than 200 people, technology companies were quick to block the spread of videos.

Facebook has had problems with people who broadcast violent videos such as 2017, when Cleveland uploaded murder footage to his profile page, where he stayed for several hours.

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