New York AG will probe social media following Buffalo shooting
Letitia James is the New York State Attorney-General. New York City. November 19, 2019.
Lucas Jackson | Reuters
Letitia James, New York Attorney General will be investigating social media firms. Amazon’sTwitch is used in conjunction with the seemingly racially-motivated shooting at a Buffalo supermarketTen people were killed and three others were injured.
According to a press release, James’ office will be focusing on 4chan, 8chan, and Discord. However, it isn’t limited to these platforms. published Wednesday. Investigators will examine online sources that the gunman used to “discuss and amplify his intentions and act to execute this attack.”
Twitch was initially streamed by the shooter during Saturday’s massacre at Tops grocery. The livestream was seen by twenty-two viewers before it was taken down, according to The Washington Post.
Reports and investigations have revealed that the suspect had posted online about white supremacist ideas and plans to commit violence before the shooting. Officials saidHe researched the local demographics before driving to the store with the intent of killing as many Blacks as possible.
James stated in a statement that James was shocked by the fact that someone could make detailed plans for committing such hateful acts without any consequences and stream them to the entire world. We are continuing to grieve and remember the victims of this tragedy, but we will take serious steps to find out if these companies were involved in it. Time and time again, we have seen the real-world devastation that is borne of these dangerous and hateful platforms, and we are doing everything in our power to shine a spotlight on this alarming behavior and take action to ensure it never happens again.”
The release states that Governor Kathy Hochul directed the investigation to the AG’s office.
A spokesperson for Discord said that the group will cooperate in the investigation.
Discord Tuesday stated that the suspect created a private server for invite only to keep a diary and chat log. A small number of people joined the server approximately 30 minutes before the attack. Our records do not indicate that any other person saw the diary chat logs on this server.
Twitch representatives and 4chan representatives did not respond immediately to inquiries for comment. 8chan representatives could not be immediately identified.