From Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the New Zealand Herald published a letter stating how the company is addressing the deadly terror attack in Christchurch two weeks ago. In the letter, the three steps that the company is taking are mentioned by her. It includes “exploring restrictions” for live video, one of the three steps. She described :
‘the attack as “an act of pure evil,” and that the company is “committed to reviewing what happened,” and that it’s working with the country’s authorities.’
Facebook says that :
it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack around the world, with 1.2 blocked “at upload.”
In the letter, Sandberg says that while the video and the perpetrator’s account was removed quickly by Facebook. The company wants to do more and for that, they laid out three steps that it will take. To clarify on the letter, we reached out Facebook. Facebook’s first step is
exploring restrictions on who can go Live depending on factors such as prior Community Standard violations,”
And more resources are being added into systems by the company that can identify violent videos, even if they’re edited. More than 900 variations of the video of the attack, were seen, she added in the letter. The second step is :
“even stronger steps to remove hate on our platforms.”
It was announced that white nationalist and separatist content are being banned by Facebook earlier this week. The company has since removed a number of groups of some organizations from its app and will remove praise of such groups as well.
The final step mentioned in the letter is that the company is providing:
“four local well-being and mental health organizations” within New Zealand, and reiterated that the company is “ready to work with a commission designed to examine how online sites and social media platforms played a role in the attack.
What it means by “exploring restrictions” on live video, the specifications are not yet cleared in the letter. Although it might be a warning to the person if he has previously violated the site’s community standards.