Facebook tells Privacy Commissioner it hasn't changed its livestreaming at all

5:25 pm on 3 April 2019

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has been told by Facebook it has not changed a thing about its livestreaming functions since the Christchurch terror attacks.

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Mr Edwards spoke with the social media giant today, and was disappointed the company has taken no practical steps to improve the service.

Facebook has been heavily criticised for allowing the live-streaming and sharing of the Christchurch terror attack on its platform.

It took the social media company 29 minutes to detect the livestreamed video of the massacre. About 1.3 million copies of the video were blocked from Facebook, but 300,000 copies were published and shared.

Mr Edwards said Facebook has admitted it has not done anything that would prevent a similar livestream occurring and being shared.

Last week Facebook chief operating officer said the social media giant must do more to stamp out hate and strengthen the rules for using its livestreaming platform.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg has now asked governments and regulators to play a more active role in controlling what is published on the internet.

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards Photo: Supplied / Office of the Privacy Commissioner

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