Buffalo shooting: Social platforms remove violent videos faster, but not by much – National

Social platforms have learned to remove violent videos of extremist shootings more quickly in recent years. It’s just not clear that they’re moving fast enough.

Police say when a white gunman killed 10 people and wounded three others, most of them black, in a shooting by “racially motivated violent extremists” in Buffalo on Saturday, he streamed the attack live on gaming platform Twitch. , which is owned by Amazon. He didn’t stay there long; a Twitch spokesperson said he removed the video in less than two minutes.

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That’s considerably faster than the 17 minutes it took Facebook to remove a similar video broadcast by a self-described white supremacist who killed 51 people at two New Zealand mosques in 2019. They haven’t always disappeared quickly.

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In April, Twitter enacted a new “perpetrators of violent attacks” policy to remove accounts maintained by “individual perpetrators of terrorist, violent extremist, or mass violent attacks,” along with tweets and other material produced by the perpetrators of such attacks. However, fragments of the video were still circulating on the platform on Sunday.

A clip purporting to show a first-person view of the gunman moving through a supermarket shooting people was posted on Twitter at 8:12 a.m. Pacific time and could still be seen more than four hours later.


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Twitter said on Sunday that it was working to remove material related to the shooting that violates its rules. But the company added that when people share media to condemn him or provide context, sharing video and other footage of the shooter may not be a violation of the rules. In these cases, Twitter said it covers images or videos with a cover of “sensitive material” that users must click to view.

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In a press conference after the attack, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said that social media companies need to be more vigilant in monitoring what is happening on their platforms and said it was inexcusable that live streaming was not deleted “in a second”.

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“The CEOs of those companies need to be held accountable and assure us all that they are taking every step humanly possible to be able to monitor this information,” Hochul said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “How these vicious ideas are fermenting on social media, they are now spreading like a virus.”

Hochul said he holds companies responsible for “encouraging” racist views. “People are sharing these ideas. They are sharing videos of other attacks. And they are all copycats. Everybody wants to be the next great white hope that will inspire the next attack,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that investigators were also looking into a tirade the gunman posted online that purports to describe the shooter’s racist, anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic beliefs, including a desire to expel all people who are not They are of European descent. the United States

Police said 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 at a German synagogue that was also streamed on Twitch at October 2019.

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Twitch is popular with video gamers and has played a key role in driving the spread of esports. A company spokesman said the company has a “zero tolerance policy” against violence. So far, the company hasn’t disclosed details about the user’s page or the live stream, including how many people were watching it. The spokesperson said the company has taken the account offline and is monitoring anyone else who might retransmit the video.


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In Europe, a senior European Union official in charge of overseeing digital affairs for the 27-nation bloc said Sunday that the live broadcast on Twitch showed the need for administrators to continue working with online platforms so that any future transmission of kills can be shut down quickly.

But Margrethe Vestager, who is executive vice president of the European Commission, also said it would be a big challenge to end such broadcasts entirely.

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“It’s really hard to make sure it’s completely waterproof, to make sure this never happens and people are going to shut down the minute they start something like that. Because there are a lot of live streams that are, of course, 100% legitimate,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“Platforms have done a lot to get to the root of this. They are not there yet,” she added. “But they keep working and we will keep working.”

Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, said Sunday that it quickly designated the shooting as a “terrorist attack” on Saturday, triggering an internal process that identifies the suspect’s account, as well as copies of his writings and any copies or links to it. video of his attack.

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The company said it has removed the video of the shooting from the platform, adding that the instances where it is still being shared are through links to streaming sites. These links, in turn, are blocked and “locked” by the company, which means that they cannot be reloaded.

But new links created as people upload copies to external sites would have to be blocked individually in a game of cat and mouse, unless the company decides to block an entire streaming site from its platform, which is unlikely.

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Jared Holt, Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Laboratory, said live content moderation remains a big challenge for businesses. He noted that Twitch’s response time was good and that the company was smart to watch its platform for potential reloads.


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“It would be in the interest of other video hosting platforms to also be aware of this content to the extent that it may have been recorded, and may also be republished on their own products,” Holt said.

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