By HALELUYA HADERO, AP Business Writers
NEW YORK (AP)-Social platforms have learned to remove violent videos of extremist shootings faster over the past few years. It’s just not clear that they move quickly.
Police say that when a white gunman killed 10 people and injured three more- most of them Black- in a “racially motivated violent extremist” shooting in Buffalo Saturday, he live- stream the attack on the gaming platform Twitch, which is owned by Amazon. . It didn’t last long there; a Twitch spokesperson said it removed the video in less than two minutes.
That’s faster than the 17 minutes it took Facebook to remove the same video streamed by a self-portrayed white supremacist who killed 51 people in two New Zealand mosques in 2019. But versions in Buffalo shooting video still quickly spread to other platforms, and they don’t always disappear right away.
In April, Twitter implemented a new policy on “perpetrators of violent attacks” to remove accounts held by “individuals who commit terrorist, violent extremist, or mass violent acts. -attack, ”along with tweets, manifestos and other material produced by the perpetrators of such attacks. On Sunday, however, video clips were still circulating on the platform.
A clip believed to show the first person watching the gunman operating in a supermarket firing at people was posted on Twitter at 8:12 AM Pacific Time, and can still be seen more than four hours later. passed away. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
At a news conference after the attack, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said social media companies should be more vigilant in monitoring what happens on their platforms and find that it is not. ignore the live-stream that is not captured “in a second.”
“CEOs of companies need to be accountable and make sure everyone they take every step a human being can take to monitor this information,” Hochul said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week”. “How these bad ideas are fermenting on social media – it’s spreading like a virus today.”
Hochul said he holds companies responsible for “arousing” racist views. “People share these ideas. They share videos of other attacks. And they’re all copycats. They all want to be the next big white hope that will inspire the next attack, “he told NBC’s” Meet the Press. “
A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that investigators were also looking at a manifesto posted by the gunman on the internet, aimed at outlining racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic beliefs. of the attacker, including the desire to expel all non-Europeans from the US
Police say the suspected gunman, identified as Payton Gendron, of Conklin, New York, shot 11 Black and two white victims at a Buffalo supermarket, echoing a deadly attack. in a German synagogue that was also streamed on Twitch in October 2019.
Twitch is popular with video game gamers and has played a key role in boosting the spread of competitive video gaming, also called “esports.” A company spokesman said the company has a “zero-tolerance policy” against violence. So far, the company has not revealed details around the user page or the live stream, including how many people are watching it. The spokesperson said the company is taking the account offline and is monitoring anyone else who may be able to re-broadcast the video.
In Europe, a senior European Union official in charge of digital affairs for the 27-nation bloc said on Sunday that live-streaming on Twitch shows the need for administrators to continue working online platform so that any future broadcast of the killings can be easily shut down. low.
But Margrethe Vestager, who is an executive vice-president of the European Commission, also says it is a difficult challenge to completely eliminate such broadcasts.
“It’s very difficult to make sure it’s completely waterproof, to make sure it doesn’t happen and that people shut down the second they start something like that. Because there’s a lot of live-streaming that, of course, 100% legitimate, ”he said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“A lot has been done to the platforms to get to its root. They’re not there yet,” he added. “But they keep working and we’ll keep working.”
Jared Holt, a resident associate at Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, said live-content moderation continues to be a huge challenge for companies. He noted that Twitch’s response time was good and the company was wise to look at their platform for potential re-uploads.
“Other video hosting platforms also need to be aware of this content until it’s recorded-it can also be republished on their own products,” Holt said.
AP technology reporter Barbara Ortutay contributed to this story from Oakland, Calif .; AP reporter John Leicester contributed from Paris.
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