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Gov. Hochul says Twitch was an ACCOMPLICE in Buffalo supermarket shooter’s racist killing spree


New York Governor Kathy Hochul accuses Twitch of being ACCOMPLISHED in the massacre of the Buffalo supermarket shooter by letting it livestream the ‘racist’ murder of ten people – but the company says it was taken down in less than two minutes

  • A Twitch spokesperson told DailyMail.com that their teams are scouring the platform for any reposts of Payton Gendron’s racist Buffalo killing spree.
  • Governor Hochul said social media platforms ‘can in a sense become complicit if not legally, but morally’
  • The governor added that she thinks violent livestreams should be taken down in a ‘second’
  • Twitch says: “All accounts displaying real-world violence are suspended indefinitely”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has called streaming site Twitch an “accomplice” in the racially charged killing of 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket on May 14.

Payton Gendron, 18, live-streamed his massacre on the social media platform, which is primarily used by video gamers.

But Hochul said Twitch has allowed killers like Gendron to glorify their crimes in front of large audiences, and perhaps encourage others to copy them.

A source told DailyMail.com on Saturday that the clip was deleted less than two minutes after it was first uploaded.

But it cut little ice with Hochul, who said he should have been wiped out in seconds.

The governor told the media the day after the shooting: “Social media platforms that profit from their existence must be responsible for surveillance. They can somehow become accomplices, if not legally, but morally.

She continued: “These outlets need to be more vigilant in monitoring social media content and certainly the fact that this act of barbarity, this execution of innocent human beings can be broadcast live on social media platforms and not being deleted in a second tells me there is liability there.

“And we were going to continue to work on that and make sure that those who provide these platforms have a moral and ethical responsibility and I hope to have the legal responsibility to ensure that such hatred cannot populate these sites.

Governor Hochul told the media following the shooting that social media platforms should be able to remove violent content in a ‘second’

“Because that’s the result when you have individuals using these platforms and talking to others who share these insane opinions and support each other and talk about the techniques that they will engage in and post these ideas and will share with others in the hope that they can all one day ascend in their demented view of the world.

A Twitch spokesperson told DailyMail.com that they were “devastated” following the live broadcast on their platform.

According to the gaming giant, the live stream of Gendron’s racist rampage was removed from their platform in less than two minutes through a combination of human review and proactive detection.

In November 2022, Hochul will run for election for a full term as Governor of New York.

The governor said she believes “social media platforms” should be able to take down violent live streams “in a second”. In these comments, Hochul did not mention Twitch by name.

The Governor said: “The fact that this act of barbarism, this execution of innocent human beings can be broadcast live on social media platforms and not be taken down in a second tells me there is accountability. ”

Twitch’s full statement reads: “We are devastated to learn of the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts go out to the community affected by this tragedy. Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind and works quickly to respond to all incidents. The user has been suspended from our service indefinitely, and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring any accounts reposting this content.’

Gov. Hochul says Twitch was an ACCOMPLICE in Buffalo supermarket shooter’s racist killing spree

Payton Gendron is taken into custody in Buffalo. Twitch told the Daily Mail that any account “posting real-world violence is suspended indefinitely”

A Twitch spokesperson said the tech giant’s teams are monitoring any reposts of Gendron’s stream.

The company said it was not aware of any video-on-demand copies of the live stream. Gendron did not use the video-on-demand option during his live stream, a spokesperson told DailyMail.com

If users are found to have uploaded violent content in the real world, they face indefinite suspension.

Twitch said, “As with any situation like this, we will cooperate with law enforcement where appropriate.” The company later told us that, “We have a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind, and all accounts displaying real-world violence are suspended indefinitely.”

Gendron’s live stream was a short-lived video that disappears after it airs. Users can choose to record and store live streams, but Twitch is not aware of any recorded version of the massacre.

In October 2019, 2,200 people watched a Twitch live stream of a mass shooting at a German synagogue, the BBC reported.

In the aftermath of the March 2019 Christchurch mosque massacre, which was streamed live on Facebook by author Brenton Harrison Tarrant, trolls began spamming Twitch users with violent images of the incident.

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