Facebook finally takes steps to limit abusive live streamers

Evarado Alatorre
May 15, 2019

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

"There was no question in my mind that our laws needed to change".

Ardern responded by saying New Zealand was a nation where guns had a "practical purpose" for things like hunting, but that it was important to "draw a line".

"It speaks to the strength of feeling in the aftermath of that attack". "You do not. And New Zealanders by-and-large absolutely agree with that position".

"Australia experienced a massacre and changed their laws, New Zealand had its experience and changed its laws".

"I can tell from your letter that you are a kind and compassionate girl, Lucy", Ms Ardern wrote.

Jacinda Ardern announced bans on military styled semi-automatic weapons, high capacity magazines and rifles days after the March 15 mass shootings on 2 mosques in Christchurch which almost claimed 50 deaths.

Ms Ardern said co-operation on ending extremist content online was the least that should be expected from Facebook.

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While Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said livestreaming safeguards would be explored, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has already said that putting a delay on livestreams would fundamentally break the service. "Last time I spoke to him a matter of days ago he did give Facebook support to this call to action".

While it removed 1.2 million videos within hours of the Christchurch attack, TechCrunch found copies of the clip spread across the site even after 12 hours.

"That's why we can not take off the table governments looking at the other tools they have".

Writing back on official letterhead, Ms Ardern said her administration was "not now doing any work in. psychics and dragons".

The main focus will very much be on violent extremism, she said, adding that the pledge will not limit or curtail "the freedom of expression".

There were 1.5 million attempted uploads of the gunman's video within 24 hours of his livestream, and its AI technology automatically blocked 1.2 million of those uploads.

The Prime Minister is holding a series of one-on-one meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the King of Jordan, Norway's Elna Solberg and Twitter boss Jack Dorsey.

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