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Buffalo, NY supermarket shooting: Suspected accused shooter Payton Gendron livestreamed Twitch during the attack, authorities say

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Clad in a hospital gown, accused Payton Gendron, 18, a New York supermarket shooter in Conklin, New York, was arraigned on Saturday night for first-degree murder and sentenced to detention without bail.

Police officials said Gendron, who is white, was wearing a body armor and military-style clothing when he pulled over and opened fire on people at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, La shooting broadcast via a camera attached to his helmet.

At a press conference, Governor Hochul strongly criticized “social media platforms” for showing hatred and not immediately removing Gendron’s live stream.

Although she didn’t name any sites, an administration official confirms that she was referring to Twitch, an Amazon-owned live-streaming site popular with gamers.

“Social media platforms that profit from their existence must be responsible for monitoring and surveillance, knowing that they may be, in a sense, complicit in a crime like this. Maybe not legally, but morally. They created the platform for this hatred to be spewed out,” Hochul said.

Hochul also said there was “a feeding frenzy on social media platforms, where the hate is escalating further.”

“This needs to stop. These outlets need to be more vigilant in monitoring social media content. And certainly, the fact that this act of barbarism, this execution of innocent human beings, can be broadcast live on social media platforms and not being taken down in a second, tells me there’s a liability there,” the governor added.

Twitch claims to have taken Gendron’s channel offline within two minutes of the shooting and released a statement saying:

“We are devastated to learn of the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts go out to the community affected by the tragedy. Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind and works expeditiously to respond to all User has been indefinitely suspended from our service, and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring any account reposting this content.”

A 2019 shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Halle, Germany was also streamed live on Twitch.

Law enforcement is also looking into the Discord messaging platform, where the shooter may have made himself a list of instructions. Discord was used by white supremacists to plan the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

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