Live streaming platform Twitch has removed footage of the live-streamed mass murder of the guman shooting incident in Buffalo, stating the man has been “indefinitely suspended” from using the service.
At least 10 people were shot dead and three others were injured after an 18-year-old white gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo on Saturday night.
Before turning himself in to authorities, the teenager recorded the rampage live on Twitch.
Condemning the mass murder, Twitch said it has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind.
“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 this tragedy,” the platform said in a statement.
Stating that it works quickly to address such issues, Twitch officials added in the statement: “The user has been indefinitely suspended from our service and we are taking all appropriate action, including monitoring any account re-streaming this content.”
The streaming platform’s teams are “vigorously monitoring” to ensure that the streaming video and its related content is not re-aired and that the service is cooperating with law enforcement officials.
The broadcast of the shooting was removed less than two minutes after the violence began, the platform said.
Authorities have called the shooting incident “racially motivated violent extremism.”
Of the total dead, 11 victims were black and two were white, police officials said.
The defendant, identified as Payton Gendron of Conklin in New York, was charged with murder and was brought before a judge wearing a paper medical gown.
Buffalo Governor Kathy Hochul called the shooting a “hate crime against an innocent community.”
“It is my sincere hope that this individual, this white supremacist who has just perpetrated a hate crime against an innocent community, spends the rest of his days behind bars. And heaven help him in the next world too,” the governor said near the site of the attack.
The city’s mayor, Byron Brown, called it “the worst nightmare any community can face, and we are hurt and angry right now.”
“The depth of pain that families are feeling and that all of us are feeling right now cannot even be explained,” the mayor said in a public address.
President Joe Biden also condemned the shooting, saying a racially motivated hate crime is “abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation.”
“We still need to learn more about the motivation for today’s shooting as law enforcement goes about their business, but we don’t need anything else to state a clear moral truth: A racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation.” “. “said the president.
“Any act of domestic terrorism, including an act perpetrated in the name of a repugnant white nationalist ideology, is antithetical to everything we stand for in America,” Biden said.