BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — Governor Kathy Hochul called out social media companies in the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, saying platform providers need to be more vigilant in monitoring hateful content.
“Notice my words: We will be aggressive in our pursuit of anyone who subscribes to the ideals held by other white supremacists, and how there is a feeding frenzy on social media platforms, where the hate escalates even further,” he said. she declared. “This must stop.”
Governor Hochul said the fact that the live stream was not taken down sooner demonstrates the moral and ethical responsibility of those providing the platforms to ensure hate cannot exist there. She also said she hoped it would demonstrate legal liability for those vendors as well.
“The fact that this act of barbarism, this execution of innocent human beings can be streamed live on social media platforms and not taken down in a second tells me that there is accountability there… for s ensure that such hatred cannot populate these sites.”
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 went on to focus on how social media can be used to communicate hateful ideas and share them with others, leading to incidents like this mass shooting.
“That’s the result when you have individuals who use these platforms and talk to others who share these demented 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,” Hochul said.
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