You can instantly stream live video on Facebook with the Facebook Live feature and following the horrific terrorist attack in New Zealand which was streamed live on the platform, the world’s largest social network is now rolling out some restrictions for Facebook Live. The company says that it has been reviewing what more it can do to limit its services from being used to spread hate, hence these restrictions.
Starting today, people who have previously broken certain rules on Facebook, including its Dangerous Organizations and Individuals policy, will not be allowed to stream on Facebook Live. It will now apply a “one strike” policy to Live keeping a broader range of offenses in mind.
Anyone who violates Facebook’s most serious policies will be restricted from using Live for set periods of time, such as 30 days, starting on their first offense. For example, if a user shares a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context, they will be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time.
Facebook says that its aim with these restrictions is to ensure that there’s minimal risk of abuse on Live while allowing people to use the feature in a positive way. It’s going to expand these restrictions to other areas in the next few weeks and will also prevent those same people from creating ads on Facebook.