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Buffalo massacre suspect shared his plot in broad daylight for months

Discord and Twitch now face the same pressure as their larger social media rivals to confront white supremacist violence

Cecilia D'Anastasio and Davey Alba

The accused gunman behind 10 deaths and three injuries in Buffalo, New York, at the weekend had spoken explicitly about his plans to commit a terrorist act on the popular chat app Discord since at least last December, according to logs of his posts reviewed by Bloomberg. 

The record of his conversations indicate that the alleged shooter, identified by authorities as Payton S Gendron, 18, had typed out plans to commit a rampage fuelled by his white supremacist beliefs for months over a private Discord server. On December 2 he wrote: “I will carry out an attack against the replacers, and will even live stream the attack via discord and twitch,” referring to a popular white supremacist belief that the white race is on the verge of extinction by people of colour who are controlled and manipulated by Jewish people. The suspect wrote on December 5 that he initially planned the attack for March 15,  three years after the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left dozens dead. He then delayed his attack, carried out at a Tops grocery store, until May 14.

The alleged shooter shared these logs with several public Discord groups as part of an effort to draw attention to his Twitch stream, where he broadcast the attack live. In December alone, he referenced his plans to commit the attack at least 17 times, according to the logs. Between November and May 14 the shooter referenced the Christchurch terrorist’s name 31 times, the word “gun” 200 times, the word “shoot” 119 times and the word “attack” more than 200 times. He also abundantly used racist and anti-Semitic language, including extremist phrases identified by multiple anti-hate research centres...

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