Why Facebook’s new ‘one strike’ policy isn’t enough to address its moderation problems
- Facebook’s new ‘one strike’ policy says that users will be banned from streaming for a ‘set time period’ if they violate the platform’s community standards.
- A Facebook spokesperson stated that the Christchurch shooter would not have been able to live stream if these regulations had been in place.
- But the new regulations don’t address the company’s unavailability during the time of crisis or their defence for how the situation came to be the first place.
From now onwards, Facebook is only allowing for one violation per user before banning them altogether. Apparently the duration of the ban is flexible depending on the violation.
Following the horrific terrorist attacks in New Zealand, we’ve been reviewing what more we can do to limit our services from being used to cause harm or spread hate.
During the ‘Chruchchrist Call to Action’ summit in Paris yesterday, a Facebook spokesperson remarked that the Christchurch shooter would not have been able to use his Live account if the regulations had been in place — without specifying how exactly.
The sudden change in Facebook’s moderation
Facebook’s moderation methods were seen failing in the face of the Christchruch shooting in New Zealand, which was actually live-streamed on the social-networking platform was viewed at least 4,000 times.
Even though Facebook was eventually able to take down the original post, multiple copies of the video were already being circulated and had breached the barriers to reach other video sharing website like YouTube.
While these are the most stringent regulations that Facebook has ever introduced, it has been under duress pressure from media. It’s also not a pre-emptive approach that can keep live streaming from posting toxic material.
Facebook's many excuses
The tech giant even said at the time that it wouldn’t implement a time delay on Facebook feeds because it would ‘compromise’ the Facebook Live experience.
And, unfortunately, the new regulations don’t account for that.
Facebook-owned Instagram also brought in harsh restrictions to reduce abuse on its platform, even though it hasn’t set a strict violation limit.
For now, the restrictions are limited to Facebook Live but the Vice President for Integrity at Facebook, Guy Rosen, wrote, “We plan on extending these restrictions to other areas over the coming weeks, beginning with preventing those same people from creating ads on Facebook.”
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