Facebook Admits It Can’t Control Facebook Live — Is This The End For Live Streaming? – Forbes

Facebook Admits It Can’t Control Facebook Live — Is This The End For Live Streaming? – Forbes

© 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP In the aftermath of Christchurch has come the admission from Facebook that they can’t control Facebook Live. There’s too much content in general but not enough abhorrent content in particular to properly train their AI. And relying on users to report real time infringements has proven wholly inadequate. Which means that the hypothesis for the company, for politicians and for regulators is very simple. Is it damaging to the public interest to provide a broadcast platform for extremists, for murderers, for the vulnerable, for the suicidal? And, assuming so, if you can’t categorically prevent such incidents (of any scale) from being broadcast live in a way that would be prohibited on mainstream media then what’s the public interest in leaving the system as is? There was always a likelihood that enabling the population of the world to broadcast live, whatever and whenever they wanted, to Facebook’s global audience might need a rethink. And whilst Christchurch has amplified concerns many times over, there have been other reports of live murders, suicides and violence on the platform. .

The issue for Facebook is that this now coincides with escalating pressure on their core business from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the alleged corporate cover-up. Something will have to give to appease politicians and an increasingly skeptical public, and, given the choice, Facebook Live in its current guise might well be it. When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg published a blog post entitled 'a Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking' earlier this month, its intent was to ease concerns about the company's focus on integrated messaging. "I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services, " he said, "where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won't stick around forever." Three weeks later, Zuckerberg's "simpler platform that's focused on privacy first" seems entirely at odds with an unregulated live-broadcasting service that cannot cope with its (moral if not legal) obligation to censor what is being transmitted and viewed. The pivotal moment came at 1.40pm on Friday 16 March, at the Christchurch city mosque. According to Facebook,  the events streamed over Facebook Live were viewed less than 200 times in real-time and then by a further 4, 000 people afterward, before the company ....

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