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Following Livestreamed Mass Shooting, Facebook Introduces One Strike Policy On Livestreams

In the two months since a man brutally attacked Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, and livestreamed his shootings on Facebook, the social media company has faced scrutiny and pressure from advocates and politicians to stop the spread of violent and hateful content. Read More >>

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Facebook Wants to Be Your Quiz Daddy Now

Remember HQ Trivia — that live game show you totally would have won that one time if you hadn’t gotten the easy question wrong? The app, and its “quiz daddy” US host Scott Rogowsky, seem to have inspired Facebook to try its hand at captivating viewers with live-streamed multiple choice questions, among other gimmicks. Read More >>

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The Saddest Facebook Live Video Is 20 People Kissing a Car

People will do weird things for free stuff. People will also do weird things on public streaming platforms. And sometimes they’ll do both, such as voluntarily kissing a car for hours on end, in hopes of winning it, on Facebook Live. Read More >>

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15-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Sexually Assaulted on Facebook Live While 40 People Watched

Since it debuted nearly a year ago, Facebook Live has been rife with content moderation problems. The latest in a long line of horrific examples comes from Chicago, where the Associated Press reports that a missing 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by up to six people while about 40 people watched the stream. Read More >>

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Facebook Makes Bullshit Claim It Would Take ‘Wonder Machine’ to Track Hate Speech

Facebook’s problems of late are legion: fake news, hate speech, trolls, and the hideous and unpredictable violent outbursts on its Live platform. Now, apparently, the German court system is in the mix. Read More >>

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UPDATED: Facebook Employee Says They’re “Excited” to be “Right Wing’s New Fox News”

Update: Facebook has now responded to the post, see our update at the end. Read More >>

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Nvidia Is Bringing Better Game Streaming to Facebook Live

Thanks to Nvidia, you’ll soon be able to stream tons of games to Facebook Live. At its big CES press conference, Nvidia made the announcement, which could help make Facebook Live a bonafide platform for esports and friendly game streaming. Read More >>

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Facebook Gives You New Way to Shout Into the Void

Picture this: you’re at home, alone, and you suddenly feel an overwhelming urge to bellow into the abyss. Perhaps you’ve just formulated a take too spicy for the written word. Perhaps you’re just mad about shit. You open up your Facebook app but right when you tap “LIVE” you catch sight of your face—hideous, gnarled, cracked and broken. You swiftly close out of the app, burdened with a heavy sense of grief. Still burdened with that yearning to release your hot take, you begin to weep. Read More >>

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Find Someone Who Looks at You Like Mark Zuckerberg Looks at Vin Diesel

On Sunday, Mark Zuckerberg interviewed Vin Diesel on Facebook Live before they took the stage together at the Breakthrough Awards—Silicon Valley’s own sort of Nobel prize-Oscars hybrid, which gave $25 million to scientists this year. Read More >>

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How Witchcraft on Facebook is Helping People Grieve

One of the first things I asked of Nick Detloff was that he cast a spell on me. The 36-year-old says he’s the only person offering real-time spellcasting on Facebook Live, and based on my own research, that’s true. (Many Wiccan-centred groups on the platform are closed or hidden, including the one Detloff broadcasts his videos in.) Read More >>

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Facebook Is Spending Millions to Lure YouTube and Vine Stars to Facebook Live

So far, Facebook Live’s partnerships with digital publishers has yielded, among other things, an exploded watermelon and a failed interview with the president. Now, new details have emerged about Facebook’s plans to pay not just media outlets and celebrities, but also content creators from Vine and YouTube. And boy, did I ever pick the wrong line of work! Read More >>

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Facebook Will Keep Violent Videos If they ‘Raise Awareness’

There’s been a lot of discussion over the ethics of posting violent livestreams on Facebook, and the social media site has decided to release subjective guidelines: if a person posts violent content to “raise awareness,” the video can stay. If someone shared the same video to mock the victim, it will be removed. Read More >>

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Facebook Blames Removal of Fatal Philando Castile Shooting Video on a ‘Technical Glitch’

On Wednesday, Philando Castile, a 32-year-old Minnesota man, was shot by police during a traffic stop. The aftermath of the fatal shooting was captured live on video and posted to Facebook by a woman identified as Castile’s girlfriend. Soon after it went viral, the footage, which depicts Castile, slumped over in his seat and covered in blood, as well as the woman’s four-year-old daughter, disappeared. After about an hour — and complaints from various people on and off of the platform — Facebook restored the footage and blamed it on a “technical glitch”. Read More >>

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Why the Hell Did It Take So Long for YouTube to Do Live Streaming for Mobile?

On Thursday, YouTube announced the launch mobile live streaming capabilities for select users, a service that will compete with Periscope and Facebook Live. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg Denies Being a Secret Lizard Person

Mark Zuckerberg hosted his first ever Facebook Live Q&A today. And it went about as well as you’d expect. One of the key things we learned? Mark Zuckerberg is not a lizard person. Or so he says. Read More >>