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Facebook says to follow its livestream rules or be banned, this is your only warning

Surprised it has taken this long.

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Facebook has to implement new rules for Facebook Live because people are literally the worst. Starting this week, anyone using Facebook Live who violates its “most serious policies” will be banned from using it for a period time, like 30 days, or possibly more depending on the infraction.

Yup, that’s right, if you can’t follow the rules, your Facebook Live privileges will be revoked.

Facebook isn’t messing around with its new Facebook Live rules

It’s a one-strike rule. That’s it. They didn’t specify what would lead to a ban, but here’s how they outline how the ban will work:

We will now apply a ‘one strike’ policy to Live in connection with a broader range of offenses. From now on, anyone who violates our most serious policies will be restricted from using Live for set periods of time – for example 30 days – starting on their first offense. For instance, someone who shares a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context will now be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time.

As to what can get you banned, it isn’t really clear other than the extreme terrorist example Facebook had to offer, but they do hint at their community standards for the gist of it. Moral of the story here, if you’re an adult reading this, you should know by now the sort of things will get you banned. But again, here we are.

People are the worst. It’s no secret. They’ll abuse anything they can sink their teeth in. Reasons like the recent mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand led to this after the shooting was livestreamed by an accused gunman.

I mean, it’s obvious why we need these rules. But will it change anything? I’m sure it’s easy to set up an alternative FB account. Who knows. But hey, these sort of rules are a start I guess.

What do you think? Glad to see these rules put in place? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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