As the world leaders’ meeting is imminent, social media giant Facebook declared that its rules concerning live-streaming are being tightened, as a consequence of the catastrophic shooting in New Zealand.

On March 15th, an armed man murdered 51 people at 2 mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Most noticeably, he was streaming his crime on Facebook. This incidence was the worst shooting to happen during New Zealand’s peacetime. After the massacre, technology companies had to face with a lot of pressure demanding for increased effort against extremism online.

In a recent statement of Facebook, it was bound to adopt “one-strike” policy upon Facebook Live. This increases access restriction to anyone who disciplinarily violated Facebook’s rules, no matter where on the site.

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Offenders who violated for the first time won’t be able to use Live for some time, according to the company. Facebook also adds a range of behaviors that could lead users to have “one-strike” punishment.

Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand praised Facebook’s change as a crucial factor of the “Christchurch Call” initiative. She is currently having enormous effort to put a stop to increasing online violence.

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Above: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

As stated in an email from the spokesman, the Prime Minister showed her compliments toward Facebook’s movement as the initial effort against violence on their application, as well as the Christchurch Call is now in action.

Although Facebook didn’t indicate exactly what behaviors would be subject to “one-strike” policy or the duration of the suspensions, the spokesman confirmed that shooters wouldn’t be able to use Facebook Live on their accounts anymore under these latest rules.

Facebook also planned to consolidate the limitation on different areas in the following weeks, which started with stopping a same person designing advertisements on Facebook.

The company also showed its intention in funding money for three research institutions at technology-specialized universities. Facebook wants them to develop a method to spot negative media (manipulated ones, etc.). Facebook had to struggle a lot to detect all of those after the mentioned massacre.

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PM Ardern later stated that all those researches were welcome, as the manipulated and edited clips of the massacre had been removed really slowly. The PM herself had seen those videos before.

Across the globe, Facebook has put down 1.5 million clips containing the attack’s footage 24 hours after the shooting. At the end of March, the company detected further 900 other versions of the clip.

On Wednesday, PM Ardern is going to have a meeting with President of France Emmanuel Macron, which pursuits to have a common agreement between leaders of the world and heads of technology companies in combating online violence.

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Above: New Zealand Prime Minister and The President of France

Despite having a lot of work to do in the future, the PM was satisfied with Facebook’s reaction to the massacre along with the Christchurch Call. She also expected to see a solid collaboration in the future so as to make social networks free of terrorist, extremist contents.

According to a piece of opinion published on New York Times this Saturday, PM Ardern considered “Christchurch Call” as a non-compulsory, basic framework for participants to contribute with their specific methods of fighting against violent content uploads.

She didn’t say about any detailed requirements for social network companies regarding the mentioned agreement, yet she called for the common effort among them to minimize the use of live-streaming feature for extremist purposes.

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Above: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Surprisingly, the famous Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, won’t attend the meeting, Facebook will send a representative from its company to attend instead, other social media giants such as Twitter or Google and technology companies will also do the same.

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