The company understands that and says it’ll be largely up to people like you to report them to a global review team to stop them from spreading.
As live streaming on Facebook becomes more popular, whether that approach will work—and how Facebook will ultimately adjudicate what we can share —remains to be seen.
This kind of reporting process has long been the norm for social media platforms like Facebook.
"They rely on the labor of people given freely to police content," says Sarah T.
"For many people, Facebook is their primary experience of the internet, and they’ll use whatever tools are given to them to propagate material that others would find unsavory," she says.
"That’s a condition of the internet itself."So what’s a company like Facebook to do?
For its part, Facebook seems to believe that depending predominantly on all of us to report unsavory activity can and will work.
However, Roberts says, if Facebook relies on regular people to see and report crude content, that means we’ve already seen it.
The company also seems to be hoping that the very fact that you’re sharing live to people in your network will serve as a check to keep your streams PG-13.
But depending on context to keep behavior in check depends upon, well, context; not everyone uses Facebook the same way.
That’s why it can be somewhat perplexing when social media companies like Facebook pretend that their island of the internet is a totally under-control, family-friendly space.
Facebook announced yesterday that, along with some other new features, it’ll soon incorporate a new dedicated, searchable place on its mobile app for live video broadcasts from around the world—an important business move that keeps it a step ahead of competitors and will hopefully keep you and the other 1.5 billion people on Facebook on the site longer to look at ads.
"You just can't do it."Part of the problem, she says, is that while flagging bad behavior is helpful, too many people will simply report things they don't like, meaning moderators have to sift through tons of complaints before getting to the most egregious reports.