Gov. Hochul demands responsibility from social media companies after Buffalo shooting was live-streamed

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Governor Kathy Hochul called on social media companies in the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, saying platform providers must be more vigilant in monitoring content. hostile tolerance.

“Mark my words: we will fiercely pursue anyone who pursues the ideals proclaimed by other white supremacists, and how to have a craze on the internet. social media platforms, where haters hate more,” she said. “That has to stop.”

Governor Hochul said the fact that the live stream was not taken down earlier demonstrates the responsibility of the platform providers, ethically and morally, to ensure that hatred cannot exist there. She also said she hopes it will also expose liability to those vendors.

“The fact that this barbaric act, this act of execution of innocent people can be streamed live on social media platforms and not be taken down within a second tells me there must be responsibility. … to make sure that hate doesn’t show up on the web. ”

The mass shooting was streamed live on Twitch. A spokesperson for the streaming service said the stream was removed less than two minutes after the violence began.

Hochul continued, focusing on how social media can be used to communicate hateful ideas and share them with others, leading to incidents like mass shootings. this.

“This is what happens when you have individuals using these platforms and talking to others who share this view of dementia and support each other, and talk about the techniques they will engage with. and post these ideas and share them with others in the hope that one day they can all rise to their amnesiac vision of the world,” Hochul said.

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