Buffalo shooting prompts calls for better policing of social media
Lawmakers are calling for better policing of social media after ten people were killed in a racially motivated attack that was live streamed.
Among those voices – New York Governor Kathy Hochul. She says tech executives need to take more responsibility for the content of their sites following Saturday’s deadly shooting in Buffalo.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, (D) New York: “Look me in the eye and tell me, have you done everything humanly possible to make sure that you are monitoring this content the second it hits your platform? And if you’re not that, I’m going to hold you responsible.”
Hochul says social media companies have no excuses because they have massive budgets, large staffs, and can utilize technology and algorithms that don’t require much manpower.
The gunman live streamed the shooting on Twitch, a video platform largely used by gamers. Twitch says it took the video down within two minutes, but not before it could be shared on other sites.
The shooting is being investigated as a hate crime and President Biden said in a statement: “Hate must have no safe harbor. We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”
The President will travel to Buffalo to meet with victims on Tuesday. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.