Facebook to toughen livestream rules after the Christchurch terror attacks

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Two months after an Australian man opened fire on Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, live-streaming his terror attack on Facebook, the social network company announced that it is imposing firm rules on the feature, CNN Business said.

The new rules will be implemented on Wednesday, May 15th, and users who break them will be banned from Facebook for a period of 30 days, the newspaper wrote. Offenders will also be banned from purchasing ads on the platform.

These rules go hand in hand with Facebook’s policy, aiming at limiting the spread of terrorist propaganda. Facebook’s new policy on live-streams comes as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron are expected to launch, Wednesday, an initiative on curbing extremism online.

The initiative, dubbed the Christchurch Call, is a non-binding agreement. «I've spoken to Mark Zuckerberg directly twice now, and actually we've had good ongoing communication with Facebook», Ardern told CNN Monday.

«The last time I spoke to him a matter of days ago, he did give Facebook's support to this call to action», she added.

For the record, Facebook deleted 1.5 million copies of the mosque attack video, taken from the live-stream of the Australian terrorist.  

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