Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) called on social media companies to monitor their content closer Sunday after portions of Saturday's mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket were livestreamed by the 18-year-old suspect.
Hochul said she holds social media companies responsible for allowing videos such as Saturday's to be broadcast for two minutes before Twitch, a livestreaming service owned by Amazon, took the channel offline and hinted that right-wing ideology is being "induced by the internet," during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press.
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"The fact that this can be livestreamed. How long was it livestreamed before someone paid attention?" Hochul told host Chuck Todd. "These companies make a lot of money. They're very profitable. And in my judgment, they have the opportunity to be doing far more monitoring and shut things down before it gets to this situation."
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"These [social media] companies make a lot of money. ... In my judgment they have the opportunity to be doing far more monitoring and shut things down." pic.twitter.com/TWY01iJYGw
After the shooting, Twitch said it had suspended the suspect's account indefinitely and was monitoring for any rebroadcasting of the content he had shared.
"Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind and works swiftly to respond to all incidents," the company said in a statement. "The user has been indefinitely suspended from our service, and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring for any accounts rebroadcasting this content."
Hochul echoed that social media companies should be held accountable for monitoring their content and alerting law enforcement when needed.
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"People are sharing these ideas. They're sharing videos of other attacks," Hochul said. "We can't let that continue. And we know where it's occurring. It's not happening in the basement of a KKK meeting anymore, where you have a limited number of people who are succumbing to these evil influences. This is happening globally."
The suspect in Saturday's shooting, Payton Gendron, a resident of Conklin, is accused of killing 10 people and injuring three others, 11 of whom were black, at Tops Friendly Market. Gendron reportedly posted a 180-page manifesto online, claiming that the Buffalo area was targeted because it "has the highest black percentage that is close enough to where I live."