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Buffalo Shooting Live Stream Lasted Less Than 2 Minutes, Twitch Says

Social platforms have learned in recent years to remove violent videos of extremist shootings more quickly. It’s just not clear that they’re moving fast enough.

Police say a white gunman when he killed 10 people and injured three others — mostly blacks — in a “racially motivated violent extremist” shooting in Buffalo on Saturday, livestreamed the attack on gaming platform Twitch , owned by Amazon, transferred . It didn’t stay there long; A Twitch spokesman said it removed the video in less than two minutes.

That’s significantly quicker than the 17 minutes it took Facebook to take down a similar video streamed of a self-proclaimed white supremacist killing 51 people at two New Zealand mosques in 2019. They haven’t always disappeared quickly.

In April, Twitter enacted a new “perpetrator of violent attack” policy to remove accounts run by “individual perpetrators of terrorist, violent extremist, or mass violent attacks,” along with tweets, manifestos, and other material created by perpetrators of such attacks became. However, clips of the video were still circulating on the platform on Sunday.

A clip purporting to show a first-person view of the shooter moving through a supermarket and shooting at people was posted to Twitter at 8:12 a.m. Pacific Time and was still viewable more than four hours later. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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At a news conference after the attack, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said social media companies needed to be more vigilant to monitor what’s happening on their platforms and found it inexcusable that the live stream wasn’t “within a second.” has been turned off.

“The CEOs of these companies must be held accountable and reassured us all that they are taking every step humanly possible to monitor this information,” Hochul said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday. “How these tainted ideas ferment on social media – it’s now spreading like a virus.”

Hochul said she blames companies for “fomenting” racist views. “People share these ideas. They share videos of other attacks. And they are all copycats. They all want to be the next great white hope that will inspire the next attack,” she said on NBC’s Meet the Press. .”

BUFFALO, NY - MAY 14: Police are posted on Riley Street after a

Police are posted on Riley Street after a gunman was arrested. The gunman shot several people at Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street in Buffalo on May 14, 2022. (Photo by Libby March for the Washington Post

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that investigators were also examining a manifesto posted online by the shooter, which allegedly outlined the attacker’s racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic beliefs, including a desire to evict all people of non-European descent from it the USA

Police said the suspected gunman, identified as Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, shot dead 11 black and two white victims at a Buffalo convenience store, repeating a deadly attack at a German synagogue that also streamed on Twitch in October 2019 became.

Twitch is popular with video game players and has played a key role in promoting the spread of competitive video games, also known as “eSports”. A company spokesman said the company has a “zero tolerance” policy towards violence. So far, the company hasn’t revealed any details about the user page or the live stream, including the number of viewers. The spokesperson said the company has taken the account offline and is monitoring anyone else who may rebroadcast the video.

In Europe, a senior European Union official overseeing digital affairs for the 27-nation bloc said on Sunday that live streaming on Twitch has shown the need for administrators to continue working with online platforms so that all future broadcasts of Kills can be set down quickly.

But Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, also said that eradicating such broadcasts completely is a major challenge.

“It’s really difficult to make sure it’s fully waterproof, to make sure that’s never going to happen and that the second people start something like this they shut down. Because there’s a lot of live streaming, which of course is 100% legit,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“The platforms have done a lot to get to the bottom of this. They’re not ready yet,” she added. “But they keep working and we will keep working.”

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Jared Holt, resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, said moderation of live content continues to be a major challenge for organizations. He noted that Twitch’s response time was good and the company was wise to monitor its platform for possible re-uploads.

“It would be appropriate for other video hosting platforms to also be aware of this content to the extent that it may have been recorded and may also be reposted on their own products,” Holt said.

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AP technology reporter Barbara Ortutay contributed to this story from Oakland, California; AP reporter John Leicester contributed from Paris.

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