By Carlo Versano

Can live streaming be regulated? According to Axios' Sara Fischer, the question is all the more pressing after a deadly shooting this weekend.

Amid the surging popularity of streaming platforms ー particularly for gaming ー Fischer said that Congress may "eventually" explore regulations that protect viewers from violent events, Fischer said. But in the meantime, platforms like Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook would do well to study how TV networks self-censor violent images on air.

"There's a reason why television is aired on delay," Fischer said Monday in an interview on Cheddar.

Her statements come after a 24-year-old gamer killed two fellow competitors and later himself Sunday during an eSports tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. The qualifying event for the Madden NFL 19 championship was being live streamed on Twitch. Police in Florida identified the suspect as David Katz of Baltimore, though officials did not give a motive as of Monday afternoon.

On Twitch, viewers could hear the shots ring out and the commotion that ensued, though the shooting itself was not visible. Fischer said if it had been,"we'd be having a much different conversation today."

Dozens of murders and assaults have been streamed on platforms like Facebook Live in recent years, and as eSports continue to grow in popularity, the events now face the same public safety issues as traditional sports and concerts. And not only does the eSports industry have to protect venues, which are more often than not soft target locations, such as bars and malls, it also has to protect the live-stream audience, something television broadcasters do for other events with safeguards like tape delays.

Fischer said the issue extends to brand safety. Companies find that Twitch is an ideal platform for reaching young gaming and sports fans. It's common for advertisers to blacklist certain content for ads, but there's no way to prevent the possibility of an ad running as a shooting unfolds in real time.

For full interview click here.