- A gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, killing at least 10 people.
- The suspect live-streamed the attack on Twitch, the platform confirmed.
- Authorities said the attack was racially motivated and that 11 of the 13 people shot were black.
The gunman in a mass shooting that killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, live-streamed the attack on
the platform confirmed.
“We are devastated to hear about the shooting that took place this afternoon in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts go out to the community affected by this tragedy. Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against violence of any kind and works quickly to respond to User was indefinitely suspended from our service and we are taking all appropriate steps, including monitoring any accounts that are rebroadcasting this content,” Twitch said in a statement provided to Insider.
A spokesperson said his investigation found the live stream was removed two minutes after the violence began. They added that the company is monitoring the platform for any accounts that might try to re-share the content.
Authorities said an 18-year-old white gunman opened fire at a Tops supermarket on Saturday afternoon in a racially motivated attack. Of the 13 people shot, 11 were black and two were white, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said, adding that the gunman was wearing tactical gear.
Authorities also said the gunman broadcast the attack live using a camera attached to the tactical helmet he wore.
Authorities have not released the suspect’s name but said he will be charged with first-degree murder and indicted by Saturday night.
The incident was not the first time Amazon-owned Twitch was used to live-stream a mass shooting. In 2019, thousands of people watched a Twitch live stream of a synagogue shooting in Germany before it was taken down.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul held a Saturday night press conference and condemned the social media platforms used by the gunman. While she didn’t specifically name Twitch, she did suggest that all platforms that allowed the suspect to spread his racially hateful message were complicit in his crime.
“They can be, in a way, complicit in a crime like this. Maybe not legally, but morally. They created the platform to allow this hatred to be spewed out,” Hochul said. “The act of living
it is. The fact that this can even be hosted on a platform. It’s absolutely shocking.”