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Kathy Hochul calls for the crackdown on social media after the deadly Buffalo Supermarket Shooting

By 05/15/2022 4:10 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

On Sunday, New York governor Kathy Hochul called on social media companies to crack down on hate speech since these sites are “instruments of evil.”

Hochul made the appeal after it was learned that the alleged shooter in the Buffalo Supermarket Shooting that took 10 lives and wounded three others had posted a 180-page screed saying he chose the site of his attack because it had the largest Black community that was close to him.

“I’m calling on the CEOs of all the social media platforms to examine their policies and to be able to look me in the eye and tell me that everything is being done that they can to make sure that this information is not spread,” Hochul said.

“They have to identify when information like this — the second it hits the platform, it needs to be taken down because this is spreading like wildfire. These theories that result in the radicalization of a young person sitting in their house is deeply scary, and it’s something that has to be dealt with,” Hochul, a Democrat, added.

Eighteen-year-old Payton Gendron, the alleged Buffalo shooter, also cited the so-called “great-replacement theory” popular on the far right in his online manifesto.

She said hate speech should not be allowed to spread since it could turn into violence.

“I want to silence those voices now and make sure that yes, people will talk about Buffalo, but I want them to talk about Buffalo as the last place this ever happened,” she said.


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