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Facebook seeking to limit live streams, open to more regulation

It has not been easy for Facebook for a few years in terms of user privacy and data security and everything else, but the gigantic social network seems determined to solve at least some of its problems.

TechCrunch reports on an open letter published by Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, saying that the platform "examines limitations" to restrict who can launch live streams.

The letter comes in response to the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was streamed live by the perpetrators on Facebook.

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Facebook is willing to support the grieving community in New Zealand, Sandberg says, and will take further steps to address hate speech on its platform – although it did not go into too much detail about what that meant.

Increased regulation

In a separate opinion in the Washington Post, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that governments and regulators should play a greater role in controlling social networks.

Zuckerberg advocates new laws in four different areas, the BBC reports: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

"Lawmakers often say that we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree," Zuckerberg writes, saying that the responsibility for limiting hate speech is too much of a challenge for individual sites and apps to tackle alone .

Zuckerberg wants to see a code of conduct that all social media networks must adhere to, stricter restrictions on how political parties can campaign online and new rules for protecting user privacy when moving their data between services.

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