Christchurch terror attack prompted Facebook to consider disabling livestreaming

Facebook considered disabling its livestreaming tool after the Christchurch terror attack, the company's head of global affairs has revealed.

The social media giant considered shutting it down, but decided not to because livestreaming is a widely available tool that could be used on other social media platforms anyway, Nick Clegg told Stuff.

The former British Deputy Prime Minister said: "We've looked at this very carefully, and considered everything, including disabling it altogether."

Clegg's comments come after Facebook on Wednesday it would apply a "one strike" policy for those who commit offenses relating to its livestream service.

Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen said the company had been reviewing what could be done to limit services spreading hate after the alleged Christchurch gunman streamed the shooting live on the platform.

Since then Facebook has come under intense scrutiny after it was revealed there was one upload per second of the video in the first 24 hours, and that it had to be removed from Facebook over 1.5 million times.

Clegg told Stuff Facebook didn't think removing the livestreaming tool would "stop the motivation and the ability of a terrorist to livestream, in a coordinated way, an atrocity like [Christchurch]".


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