New York Gov. Katie Hochul said she found it unforgivable that the live broadcast of the shooting at the supermarket was not filmed by Twitch “within a second.”

NEW YORK – Over the past few years, social platforms have learned to remove harsh videos of extremist executions. It’s just not clear that they’re moving fast enough.

Police say if Fr. white militant killed 10 people and injuring three more – most of them Black – in a “racially motivated violence by violent extremists” shooting in Buffalo on Saturday, he hosted a live broadcast of the attack on Amazon’s Twitch gaming platform. He did not stay there long; A Twitch spokesman said the video was removed in less than two minutes.

It’s much faster than that It takes 17 minutes of Facebook to remove a similar video, which he broadcast calling himself a supporter of white supremacy, which killed 51 people in two mosques in New Zealand in 2019. But versions of the video about Buffalo’s footage are still spreading quickly to other platforms, and they don’t always disappear quickly.

In April, Twitter took Fr. new policy on “violent attacks” delete accounts maintained by “individual perpetrators of terrorist, violent extremist or mass violent attacks”, as well as tweets, manifestos and other materials created by perpetrators of such attacks. However, videos from the video were still on the platform on Sunday.

One clip, which allegedly shows a first-person view of an armed man moving through a supermarket shooting at people, was posted on Twitter at 8:12 a.m. Pacific time and could be viewed in more than four hours.

Twitter said Sunday it was working to remove shooting-related materials that violated its rules. But the company added that if people share the media to condemn it or provide context, sharing videos and other materials from the shooter may not be breaking the rules. In these cases, Twitter said it covers images or videos with “confidential material” that users should click to view them.

At a news conference after the attack, New York Governor Katie Hochul said social media companies should be more vigilant in monitoring what happens on their platforms, and found it unforgivable that the live broadcast was not deleted “within a second.”

“The CEOs of these companies must be held accountable and reassure us all that they are doing their best to be able to monitor this information,” Hochul told ABC on Sunday. “As these corrupt ideas ferment on social media, they are now spreading like a virus.”

Hochul said she considered the companies responsible for “inciting” racist views. “People share these ideas. They share videos of other attacks. And they are all copies. They all want to be the next big white hope that will inspire the next attack, ”she told NBC“ Meet the Press ”.

A law enforcement spokesman told the Associated Press that investigators were also studying a manifesto published by a gunman on the Internet that allegedly outlined the attacker’s racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic beliefs, including a desire to expel all non-US people from the United States.

Police said a suspected gunman identified as Peyton Hendron, of Conklin, New York, shot dead 11 black and two white victims at a Buffalo supermarket, repeating a deadly attack at a German synagogue that was also broadcast on Twitch in October 2019 ..

Twitch is popular with video game players and has played a key role in expanding competitive video games, also called “eSports”. A company spokesman said the campaign was pursuing a “zero tolerance policy” against violence. So far, the company has not disclosed details about the user’s page or live broadcast, including the number of people who watched it. A spokesman said the company had disabled the account offline and was monitoring anyone else who could relay the video.

In Europe, a senior European Union official overseeing digital affairs for the 27-nation bloc said Sunday that a live broadcast on Twitch showed the need for administrators to continue working with online platforms so that any future murders could be shut down quickly. down.

But Margrethe Westager, who is the executive vice president of the European Commission, also said that completely abandoning such broadcasts would be a difficult task.

“It’s really hard to make sure it’s completely waterproof, to make sure it never happens and that people will be shut down as soon as they start something like that. Because there are a lot of live broadcasts, which, of course, are 100% legal, ”she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“The platforms have done a lot to get to the origins of this. They are not there yet, ”she added. “But they keep working and we will work.”

Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said Sunday it quickly recognized the shooting as a “terrorist attack” on Saturday, launching an internal process that identifies the suspect’s account as well as copies of his writings and any copy or video link to his attack.

The company said it had removed the video footage from the platform and added that instances that it was still being distributed appeared through links to streaming sites. These links, in turn, are blocked and “closed” by the company, which means that they can not be reloaded.

But new links created when people upload copies to external sites should be blocked separately in cat-and-mouse games – unless the company decides to block the entire streaming site from its platform, which is unlikely.

Jared Holt, an employee of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Laboratory, said moderating live content remains a big challenge for companies. He noted that Twitch’s response time was good and the company was reasonably watching its platform for possible reloads.

“Other video hosting platforms also need to know about this content to the extent that it could be recorded – it can also be republished on their own products,” Holt said.

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