New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Wednesday that her office has launched an investigation into Twitch, Discord, 4chan, 8kun (formerly 8chan), and other web and social media platforms in response to the racist attack in Buffalo, New York. . The investigation will focus on “platforms that may have been used to stream, promote or schedule the event.”
James draws her attention to the platforms the gunman used to “discuss and amplify” the attack. The gunman reportedly planned his attack on a private server on Discord for the recordings. In a document written by the shooter, he states: use and be affected by both 4chan and 8chan, two sites known for their lack of moderation.
“As we continue to mourn and honor the lives that were stolen, we are taking serious action to investigate these companies for their role in this attack,” James said in a statement. a statement†
My office is launching investigations into the social media companies the Buffalo gunman used to plan, promote and stream his terror attack.
We’re investigating Twitch, 4chan, 8chan, and Discord, among others, all of the platforms the shooter used to bolster this attack.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) May 18, 2022
On Saturday, a white racist gunman killed ten people and injured three in an attack on a black community. He streamed the entire attack on Twitch, which was later shared on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms, even as the networks worked to take them down.
A Discord spokesperson said the company “will cooperate” with the investigation. The spokesperson, who asked not to be named due to the sensitive topic, said the shooting’s Discord server was private until about 30 minutes before the attack when it was shared with a “small group” of people. “We will continue to do everything we can to help the police and the investigation is still ongoing,” the spokesperson said.
Twitch didn’t respond right away The edge‘s request for comment.