Video of the Buffalo shooting has now leaked onto the internet days after the carnage sent shockwaves across the world. Amazon-owned social media platform Twitch is being criticized for not removing the video quickly.
The shooter, a white supremacist, had streamed the carnage live on Twitch. Even though Twitch, a platform popular with gamers, said it took down the video, it allowed many to download the video to later share it on other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Users started sharing links to the video on these platforms days after the barbaric act. The New York Times reported that he came across a snippet of the original video, which allegedly bore a watermark, suggesting it had been recorded with free screen recording software.
The NYT report added that the video was posted on a site called Streamable and viewed more than three million times before being deleted.
The same was also shared on Facebook and Twitter hundreds of times in the hours following the shooting.
Twitter user Steve Anderson told the microblogging site that anyone who wants to watch the video can send him a private message.
It was not the first time that a terrorist broadcast his act live on social networks. In 2019, the terrorist, who caused carnage in a Christchurch mosque, broadcast his act LIVE on Facebook.
Angela Hession, vice president of trust and safety at Twitch, said that while her platform reacted with lightning speed to remove the Buffalo mass shooting video, she added that his site was working with the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism as well as other social platforms to prevent the video from being spread.
At least 10 people, mostly black Americans, were killed in the Buffalo shooting. The 18 year old terrorist was later arrested.
The US federal agency FBI called the shooting an act of “violent extremism” and refused to label it a terrorist act since the perpetrator was not Muslim.