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Facebook restricts Live feature, citing New Zealand shooting

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Facebook has said it will introduce a new set of rules around its live-streaming feature as it increases efforts to combat hate speech aimed at curbing online violence in the aftermath of the mass shooting in New Zealand, Al Jazeera reports.

The social media platform said on Tuesday that it was introducing a "one-strike" policy to Facebook Live, where people who break the rules would immediately be restricted from using the live-streaming service for set periods of time - for example 30 days - starting on their first offence.

Before today, content that violated its policies - such as hate speech, or terrorist activity - was taken down and in some cases users were banned from Facebook altogether if they continued to commit such offences.

We recognise the tension between people who would prefer unfettered access to our services and the restrictions needed to keep people safe on Facebook." Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of integrity, said in a blog post.

"Our goal is to minimise the risk of abuse on Live while enabling people to use Live in a positive way every day," he added.

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