The Buffalo mass shooting gunman live-streamed the attack on Twitch

  • A gunman opened fire on a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, killing at least 10 people.
  • The suspect livestreamed the attack on Twitch, the platform confirmed.
  • Officials said the attack was racist and that 11 of the 13 people shot were black.

The gunman in a mass shooting that killed 10 people in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, livestreamed the attack on Saturday


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confirmed the platform.

“We are devastated to hear of the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts go out to the community affected by this tragedy. Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of all kinds and works quickly to respond to all incidents. “The user has been suspended from our service indefinitely, and we will take all appropriate steps, including monitoring any accounts that resubmit this content,” Twitch said in a statement to Insider.

A spokesperson said that their investigation found that the livestream was removed within two minutes after the violence began. They added that the company monitored the platform for all accounts that may try to share the content further.

Officials said 18-year-old white armed man opened fire on a Tops grocery store Saturday afternoon in a racist motivated attack. Of the 13 people shot, 11 were black and two were white, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said, adding that the gunman was carrying tactical equipment.

Authorities also said the armed man livestreamed the attack using a camera attached to the tactical helmet he was wearing.

Officials have not released the name of the suspect, but said he would be charged with first-degree murder and put on trial on Saturday night.

The incident was not the first time Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, was used to livestream a mass shooting. In 2019, Thousands of people watched a Twitch live stream of a shooting at a synagogue in Germany before it was taken down.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul held a press conference on Saturday night and condemned the social media platforms used by the gunman. Although she did not specifically name Twitch, she suggested that all platforms that enabled the suspect to spread his message about racial hatred were involved in his crimes.

“They can, in a way, be accomplices to a crime like this. Maybe not legally, but morally. They created the platform to allow this hatred to spread,” Hochul said. “The act of living


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this. The fact that this can even be hosted on a platform. That’s absolutely shocking. “

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