ALBANY, NY – New York Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul announced earlier in May intentions to establish a police unit dedicated to monitoring social media, an endeavor that was sparked following the mass shooting in Buffalo that claimed ten lives.

Governor Hochul shared news of the effort on May 18th, taking to Twitter with claims that “social media platforms promoting violent extremism” need to be investigated.

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“New: We’re proposing a comprehensive plan to combat domestic terrorism, strengthen state gun laws, & investigate social media platforms promoting violent extremism. In the wake of the racist act of terror in Buffalo, New York will lead the charge to confront this epidemic head-on.”

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Red Voice Media previously reported on the horrific mass shooting that occurred on May 14th at the Tops Friendly Market, which has garnered significant national attention namely due to the onset of the mass shooting having been livestreamed through the online platform Twitch and a manifesto allegedly written by the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Payton Gendron.

And while there have been the expected calls from politicians and media outlets regarding things like gun control following the incident, a majority of the focus from news outlets and elected officials have revolved around the concept of ‘dangerous’ speech and methods to regulate it.

Much of the ire regarding the spreading of purportedly dangerous speech has been aimed at various Republican officials like Rep. Elise Stefanik and Fox News personality Tucker Carlson over assertions they and others have contributed to the mainstreaming of the “great replacement theory.” Said theory was peppered throughout the alleged manifesto linked to the mass shooting.

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Governor Hochul issued an executive order on May 18th (which said executive order incorrectly notes the mass shooting occurred on March 14th instead of May) that instructs the New York State Police to establish this social media-centric unit tasked with monitoring online activity.

“The State Police shall establish a dedicated unit within the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) to track domestic extremism and increase social media monitoring at the Intelligence Center. The unit will be responsible for developing investigative leads based on social media analyses focused on radical extremist activities motivated threats by identifying online locations and activities that facilitate radicalization and promote violent extremism.”

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That same day, Governor Hochul wrote a letter to New York AG Letitia James, asking for her office to investigate online platforms like Twitch and 4chan to determine whether they “have civil or criminal liability” in connection with the Buffalo mass shooting.

“I am seeking your assistance to investigate the specific online platforms that were used to broadcast and amplify the acts and intentions of the mass shooting that took place in Buffalo on May 14, 2022 and determine whether specific companies have civil or criminal liability for their role in promoting, facilitating, or providing a platform to plan and promote violence.

The investigation should include, but not be limited to a review of those platforms that may have been used to stream, promote, or plan this tragedy, including but not limited to Twitch (owned by Amazon), 4chan, 8chan, and Discord.”

AG James has seemingly accepted the task gleefully, releasing a statement thereafter where she proclaimed her office is “taking serious action to investigate these companies for their roles in this attack.”

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