Dressed in a hospital gown, 18-year-old accused Buffalo supermarket shooter, Peyton Gendron of Conklin, New York, appeared in court Saturday evening on charges of first-degree murder and was ordered into custody without bail.
Police officers say, Gendron, who is white, dressed in body armor and military-style clothing, opened fire on people at a top-friendly market, shooting through a camera affixed to his helmet.
In a press conference, Governor Hochul strongly criticized “social media platforms” for showing hatred and not immediately closing Gendron’s live stream.
Although she did not name any sites, an administration official confirmed that she was referring to Twitch, a live streaming site owned by Amazon and popular with gamers.
“Social media platforms that benefit from their existence must be responsible for monitoring and monitoring, knowing that they may in a way be an accomplice of such crime. Maybe not legally, but morally He has created a platform to spread this hatred,” Hochul said.
Hochul also said that “there is a feeding frenzy on social media platforms, where hate breeds more hate.”
“This has to stop. These outlets should be more vigilant in their monitoring of social media content. And of course, the fact that act of vandalism, this execution of innocent human beings, can be live-streamed on social media platforms and It cannot be taken within. A second, let’s say to me there is a responsibility,” the governor said.
Twitch claims it took Gendron’s channel offline within two minutes of shooting and issued a statement saying,
“We are devastated to hear about the shooting that took place in Buffalo, New York this afternoon. Our hearts go out to the community affected by the tragedy. Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against the violence of any kind and to respond. Acts swiftly for all incidents. The user has been indefinitely suspended from our service, and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring any accounts that re-broadcast this content.”
The 2019 shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Halle, Germany, was also live-streamed on Twitch.
Law enforcement is also looking at messaging platform Discord, where the gunman may have created a list of instructions for himself. The discord was used by white supremacists to plan the Charlottesville, VA rally in 2017.