- Facebook has rejected the idea that putting a time delay on live videos would stop harmful content, such as the New Zealand mosque shootings, from being broadcast to its billions of users.
- Facebook said the volume of live video made it difficult to police even with a time delay, while such a delay might also slow down first responders.
- New reporting tags, however, may be added after the New Zealand attack was reported for “reasons other than suicide,” a category whose vagueness may have increased the time it took to be reviewed.
Facebook has rejected the idea of putting a time delay on live videos as a way of stopping acts like the New Zealand mosque shootings from being broadcast to its billions of users.
Time delays are regularly applied during live television, helping broadcasters bleep out unsavoury language or deal with unexpected events that may take place while the cameras are rolling.
But Facebook said this just wouldn’t work on its platform.In another blog post laying out its response to the mass shootings in Christchurch last Friday, Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, gave a couple of reasons:
- There are millions of live broadcasts every day. Even with a time delay, Facebook would not be able to respond quickly enough to events like those seen last week. “A delay would not help address the problem due to the sheer number of videos,” Rosen said.
- The time delay, he said, would only “further slow down” the reporting and review of harmful videos.
- Finally, Rosen said it would also delay first responders, such as police officers and emergency services, from being alerted to incidents that might warrant a response.
Facebook’s integrity boss said the company was “learning” from the New Zealand attack, in which 50 people were killed when a gunman stormed two mosques in Christchurch, livestreaming much of the attacks on Facebook.
One area Facebook is examining is reporting.
The firm said the first user report on the video did not arrive until 12 minutes after the broadcast had ended. It was reported for “reasons other than suicide,” a vagueness that may have increased the time it took to be reviewed. As a consequence, Facebook is considering adding new reporting tags, with some reporters observing it could mean the addition of categories like “murder” or “terrorism.”
“We are re-examining our reporting logic and experiences for both live and recently live videos in order to expand the categories that would get to accelerated review,” Rosen said.
Facebook has said it removed 1.5 million reposted videos of the attack, including 1.2 million at the point of upload and 300,000 copies of the original after they were posted.
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