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Buffalo shooting: Sites yank videos faster, but not by much

Buffalo Supermarket Shooting Social Media
Posted at 7:23 PM, May 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-15 22:23:44-04

NEW YORK — Social platforms have learned to remove violent videos of extremist shootings more quickly over the past few years. It’s just not clear they’re moving quickly enough.

Police say that when a white gunman killed 10 people and wounded three others Saturday in a “racially motivated violent extremist” shooting in Buffalo, he livestreamed the attack to the gaming platform Twitch.

It didn’t stay there long; a Twitch spokesperson said it removed the video in less than two minutes.

While that's much faster than the 17 minutes it took Facebook to remove a similar video in 2019, copies of the video continued to circulate online Sunday.