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Twitch Under Fire For Buffalo Hate Massacre Live Stream
Saturday’s racially motivated mass shooting inside a Buffalo, NY grocery store, resulting in the tragic deaths of 10 Black citizens and the wounding of three others, is traumatic enough news on its own. But the alleged perpetrator of the attack, 18-year-old Peyton Gendron, added an additional layer of sinisterness to the targeted violence by broadcasting the event live from his first-person POV via a popular livestreaming platform.
Twitch is perhaps best known as a platform for gamers to broadcast live gameplay, but has expanded in recent years as a place for creators of all kinds to broadcast live shows and original content to fans and followers doing everything from DJ-ing, to cooking, to sleeping. Unlike other social platforms that generally require some sort of verification process, Twitch allows anyone who registers for account to go live.
Saturday’s racist attack was unfortunately broadcast on Twitch in real-time, capturing the deaths of several. It remains unclear how many users viewed the initial broadcast.
For its part, the platform removed the video within two minutes of the start of the shooting, a representative reported to The Hollywood Reporter.