Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Buffalo mass shooting livestream reaches millions even after Twitch is removed

A Twitch livestream from Buffalo, New York, on Saturday showed the mass shooting at a supermarket was pulled down by the platform within minutes — but the video was still able to spread across the internet.

in a statement to Nation World NewsTwitch, the Amazon-owned company popular for gaming livestreams, said it recognized and removed the stream in less than two minutes.

“Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind and acts swiftly to respond to all incidents,” the streaming giant said in a statement to The New York Times. The company also confirmed that the account that streamed the footage had been suspended and would monitor any accounts that shared it.

On the Saturday before the shooting took place, the gunman, later identified as Peyton Gendron, invited others to an online location on the chat service Discord, where he posted a link to a Twitch stream and a racist manifesto and Wrote, “Happening: THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” according to the post.

Ten people were killed and three others were injured in a shooting at a Topps grocery store in a predominantly black neighborhood. According to The Washington Post, the attack was streamed on the account “JimboBoi” and was revealed online in real time to 22 other users.

At least one viewer who watched the livestream saved a copy on their computer and shared it, opening the door for it to be downloaded and downloaded on platforms including YouTube and Facebook, as well as sites dedicated to violent and uncensored videos and message boards. shared again.

YouTube said its “trust and safety teams” have removed hundreds of videos related to the attack.

The company issued a statement saying it is “adhering to community guidelines by removing content that praises or glorifies the perpetrator of the horrific incident in Buffalo, including the removal of re-uploads of the suspect’s manifesto.”

Officials described the incident as “racially motivated”, based on a manifesto posted by Gendron outlining specific plans to attack black people and repeatedly calling for “substitution principles”. It is cited as a far-right conspiracy to systematically replace white people with immigrants and people. color.

Facebook said in a statement to HuffPost that on the day of the shooting, it “quickly designated the incident as a violation terrorist attack.” The company stated that “any copy or link to videos, manifestos, or other material that praises, endorses, or represents” [the Buffalo incident] Violates our policies and will be removed.”

Additionally, the forum said that it has Videos of the incident as well as links to the suspect’s manifesto have been permanently blocked, which are hosted on other platforms.

Facebook says it is working closely with the Global Internet Forum to combat terrorism To respond to the incident, which would allow the company to share hashes of videos and manifestos – a type of digital fingerprint – with industry partners to prevent its further spread.

On Sunday morning, however, journalist Eoin Higgins Told that a “graphic” video A full day after the incident, the shooting was still visible on Facebook.

According to a screenshot from the Internet Archive obtained by video game news site Kotaku, a video that was uploaded to the streamable garnered more than 3 million views and was still viewable a full day after shooting.

Even when the video was removed for violating Streamable’s terms of service, it continued to air on Facebook for nine hours, The New York Times reported. Axios reported that he was able to access clips of the shooting on Facebook at 11:30 p.m. ET Monday.

Similarly in 2019, when a gunman livestreamed his attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Facebook, the social media platform said it removed 1.5 million videos of the attack in the next 24 hours.

Gendron appeared briefly in court on Thursday after a grand jury convicted him of first-degree murder. He is to be produced in the court on June 9.


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