Facebook to consider live video restrictions after New Zealand attacks

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30 March 2019

Two weeks after a terrorist used Facebook to broadcast live video while he massacred 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, the company has broken its silence in the country by publishing a letter from Sheryl Sandberg in the New Zealand Herald.

Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said the company is “exploring” placing restrictions on who can live stream video on Facebook, but did not announce any actual policy changes.

“All of us at Facebook stand with the victims, their families, the Muslim community, and all of News Zealand,” she wrote. “Many of you have also rightly questioned how online platforms such as Facebook were used to circulate horrific videos of the attack … We have heard feedback that we must do more – and we agree.”

The letter follows weeks of sustained criticism in New Zealand over Facebook executives’ lack of responsiveness to the grieving nation.

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