Its 2022 and social media still lags behind when it comes to effectively curbing the spread of live mass shooting content / Digital Information World


Facebook recently came under heavy criticism for allowing mass shootings in Buffalo to be posted on the platform, resulting in the video being pushed further.

News travels fast, and I’m sure anyone who comes across this article has heard of the shooting that took place on May 14, 2022. An eighteen-year-old white male, someone who just turned the age legal, walking into a general store of all locations and murdered ten individuals while injuring three others. Eleven of those victims were black and two were white. While I would be quite willing to avoid drawing the rather obvious conclusion to which this leads us, the shooter, a Payton S. Gendron, did it for us: he left a manifesto online of one hundred and eighty pages clearly confirming that it was a hate crime. This individual is currently in custody and is pleading not guilty to multiple charges of first degree murder. Then again, he’s a white mass shooter in the United States: I’m sure everyone will be more than happy to dismiss this ridiculously obvious hate crime as a matter of mental insanity or otherwise. You know, the exact same terminology that everyone likes to avoid whenever we’re discussing criminals of other skin colors.

Am I incredibly horrified by this act of mass murder and utterly frustrated by how a child managed to get his hands on guns so easily? Yes, I definitely am, but that’s not the subject of a technical article. Guess I’ll stick with the usual criticism of Facebook and Meta which seems to be half my workload here. The shoot was streamed live on Twitch, from where it was deleted shortly after. However, not soon enough as a large number of internet users got their hands on the images and decided to post them on Facebook. Meta’s flagship social media site is known for flagging videos and other content that features even a little copyrighted media in literal seconds. However, a video bordering on a few minutes of gruesome murder managed to stay online until people at least finished it, and even more people uploaded it to the max.

Meta is a company that continues to make the wrong Community Guidelines decisions at every turn, need we say more? I’m sure a statement about whether it’s other social media platforms’ fault or how they’re going to update an algorithm to better pick up certain content will be out in a moment. I don’t know, nor want to elaborate further. A white kid managed to murder ten people who did nothing wrong, whose only crime was being born black. My heart goes out to these people who did nothing wrong and yet had to pay too much for it. My heart also goes out to the two white victims who, while still alive, have yet to suffer real physical pain and trauma. It goes to the only surviving black man who, thankfully, was spared a more permanent fate. I have nothing else to comment on: a white man killed these people because they weren’t white, and is called mentally ill instead of the serial killer he is. I’m finished.

H/T: Voice.

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