'It's Like Blaming The Guns': Attention Seeking A.G. Is Now Investigating Big Tech For Buffalo Massacre

By Roberta Elliot | Sunday, 22 May 2022 01:15
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New York Attorney General Letitia James is commencing a probe into social media companies that the Buffalo shooter used to “plan, promote, and stream his terror attack.” This is the same attorney general who failed after a four year probe of Donald Trump.

James’s office will be looking into Twitch, 4chan, 8chan, Discord, and other platforms the shooter reportedly used to promote the shooting on Saturday that left 10 people dead and three others injured, her office announced Wednesday. One Fox News analyst said her probe is doomed to fail as it is akin to 'blaming the guns' for a rise in gun crimes - pointing out that James has done that often, most recently last year as the Bronx was experiencing an uptick in shooting deaths.

“This terror attack again revealed the depths and dangers of these platforms that spread and promote hate without consequence,” James tweeted. “We are doing everything in our power to stop this dangerous behavior now and ensure it never happens again.”

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Details of James’s investigation are not instantly clear. The 18-year-old suspect reportedly live-streamed the shooting of a Buffalo supermarket on Twitch and posted about attacking Discord, the New York Times reported.

James’s examination follows a citation from Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY), who declared Wednesday that “social media platforms must take responsibility and be held accountable for favoring engagement over public safety.”

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Earlier in the week, Hochul tried to pin some of the blame for the shooting on social media platforms for not carefully monitoring the Buffalo shooting suspect’s violent contemplations.

“The fact that this can be live-streamed. How long was it live-streamed 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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Twitch said it suspended the suspect’s account and was on the lookout for reposted footage on the platform.

The governor is working on a comprehensive plan in response to the shooting, including collaborating with the state legislature to pass laws calling police to report gun crimes within 24 hours, ordering microstamping on semiautomatic pistols sold in the state, and closing gun loopholes in state law, she announced Wednesday. Hochul said she would also issue an executive order creating a new unit at the state’s Department of Homeland Security to investigate domestic terrorism matters.

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The suspect behind the shooting in Buffalo has been accused of first-degree murder. Authorities uncovered a 180-page manifesto believed to have been authored by the shooter musing about the “Great Replacement” theory and about killing as “many Blacks as possible.” The shooting occurred in a predominantly black neighborhood of upstate New York on Saturday.

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) said she holds social media companies responsible for allowing videos such as Saturday’s to be broadcast for two minutes before Twitch, a live streaming 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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