Facebook says it is tightening rules around its live streaming feature as part of its efforts to curb online violence.

NAN reports that Facebook, in a statement, said it was introducing a “one-strike” policy for use of Facebook Live.

The new policy will temporarily restrict access for people who have faced disciplinary action for breaking the company’s most serious rules anywhere on its site.

“First-time offenders will be suspended from using Live for set periods of time,” the company said.

The social networking company is also broadening the range of offences that will qualify for one-strike suspension.

According to NAN, the policy is a timely preparation by the social media giant for a meeting with world leaders following the New Zealand massacre.

A lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 15, while live-streaming the attacks on Facebook.

It was New Zealand’s worst peacetime shooting and spurred calls for tech companies to do more to combat extremism on their services.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand prime minister, said the change addressed a key component of an initiative, known as the “Christchurch Call”, she is spearheading to halt the spread of violence online.

“Facebook’s decision to put limits on live streaming is a good first step to restrict the application being used as a tool for terrorists, and shows the Christchurch Call is being acted on,” Arden said in an email from her spokesman.



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