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Technology Shooting near German synagogue was livestreamed on Twitch

00:40  10 october  2019
00:40  10 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Germany synagogue shooter livestreamed attack on Twitch

  Germany synagogue shooter livestreamed attack on Twitch Unfortunately, mass shooters are still livestreaming their attacks. Twitch has confirmed to CNBC that the shooter who attacked a synagogue in Halle, Germany was broadcasting the murders on its service. The company has pulled the 35-minute clip and reiterated its "zero-tolerance" policies against hate and violence, adding that it would ban anyone trying to repost the material. The content doesn't appear to be available on Twitch as of this writing, although CNBC said it found downloadable copies on sites like 4chan (which also had Christchurch shooting videos in that attack's immediate aftermath).

A shooting Wednesday that killed two people outside a German synagogue during one of the most important Jewish holidays was livestreamed on Twitch . The video continued to show the shooter 's two victims: a woman near the synagogue and a man in a nearby kebab eatery.

strange, secretive lives of rich millennial cheapskates. The 35-minute video was livestreamed on Amazon’s video gaming platform, Twitch , according to a Twitch spokeswoman, and showed the gunman murdering one woman outside a synagogue before opening fire in a kebab store.

A shooting Wednesday that killed two people outside a German synagogue during one of the most important Jewish holidays was livestreamed for 35 minutes on Twitch. The video has since been removed from the streaming platform but was uploaded to other video sites.

a person in a blue car parked in a parking lot: Police block a street near the shooting scene in Halle, Germany. Getty Images© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Police block a street near the shooting scene in Halle, Germany. Getty Images

The shooter failed to enter the synagogue in Halle, Germany, but wreaked havoc, including the deaths of the two individuals, before driving away. The man used a Galaxy S8 on a helmet to record his crime while wearing a kevlar vest. Wednesday is Yom Kippur, the holiest day for Judaism. Inside the synagogue were 70 to 80 worshipers, according to a local Jewish leader. All were safe and unharmed.

Germany shooting livestreamed despite efforts by tech firms

  Germany shooting livestreamed despite efforts by tech firms Just weeks after a broad effort announced by tech platforms to curb the spread of violent content, a video of Wednesday's deadly shooting in the German city of Halle was posted online where it may have been viewed by millions. The news come after the deadly New Zealand mosque shooting livestreamed on Facebook in March, which prompted governments to press social networks to prevent the airing of violent acts on their platforms. On September 23, Facebook announced additional efforts at the United Nations during a meeting with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has taken up the cause of fighting online extremism.

BREAKING: Gunman in German city of Halle was live - streaming the attack on Twitch , said the "root of all BREAKING: 35-mins of head-mounted camera footage of #Halle # Germany shooting was posted on video game site How can you post a video on twitch ? No way that was livestreamed .

Germany synagogue shooting : Halle attack in photos. A police tank patrols at a crime scene near the Synagogue . The attack came during Yom Kippur, a The footage, which has since been removed from the Twitch website - which focuses on video game streaming - appeared to be filmed by a

"Hi, my name is Anon," the shooter said in English at the start of the video while in his car. "Anon" is a shortened version of "anonymous," used commonly on sites like 4chan and 8chan. "I think the Holocaust never happened. Feminism is the cause of the decline of the West which acts as a scapegoat for mass immigration. And the root of all these problems is the Jew. Would you like to be friends?"

a van parked on the side of a building: Police block a street near a shooting scene in Halle, Germany. © CNET

Police block a street near a shooting scene in Halle, Germany.

The video continued to show the shooter's two victims: a woman near the synagogue and a man in a nearby kebab eatery. The shooter also threw what looked like a grenade, according to CBS News.

Documents that appear to be from the shooter were posted to a message board Wednesday. One contained a link to the livestream, as well as a callout to an 8chan user. Another included several images of guns and magazines, some of which appear to have been manufactured with a 3D printer. The document included plans for the attack, and "achievements" similar to those found in video games.

German president, at synagogue gunman attacked, says: "We must protect Jewish life"

  German president, at synagogue gunman attacked, says: Germans need to stand together against extremist violence and protect Jewish life, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday after visiting a synagogue where a gunman began an attack a day earlier in which he killed two people. © REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier holds flowers outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany October 10, 2019, after two people were killed in a shooting. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke "Today is a day of shame and disgrace," Steinmeier said outside the synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle.

Unfortunately, mass shooters are still livestreaming their attacks. Twitch has confirmed to CNBC that the shooter who attacked a synagogue in Halle, Germany was broadcasting the murders on its service. The company has pulled the 35-minute clip and reiterated its "zero-tolerance" policies.

The shooting attack that left two people dead in Halle, Germany Wednesday, was livestreamed on Twitch for more than 30 minutes before the video German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer released a statement Wednesday calling it an "anti-Semitic" attack. On the Twitch livestream , a man with a

The attack marks the latest incident in which a violent act has been livestreamed for the public, raising questions about the responsibility of platforms like Twitch, which is owned by Amazon. It echoes the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand in March, when a shooter killed 50 Muslim worshipers in the Masjid Al Noor mosque. The man streamed his actions on Facebook.

Halle police said they have a person in custody but have yet to identify the suspect.

Twitch removed the video of the shooting, but it was livestreamed for 35 minutes to five viewers the company tweeted Wednesday. A recording of the video generated automatically after the stream ended was viewed by 2,200 people. The company said the recording was not recommended to Twitch users meaning viewers were sharing the link to the video among themselves. Twitch is working to stop the proliferation of the video.

"We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Germany today, and our deepest condolences go out to all those affected," said Brielle Villablanca, director of corporate communications at Twitch. "Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against hateful conduct, and any act of violence is taken extremely seriously. We worked with urgency to remove this content and will permanently suspend any accounts found to be posting or reposting content of this abhorrent act."

Originally published on Oct. 9, 12:43 p.m. PT.

Update, 1:45 p.m. PT: Adds additional details. 2:18 p.m.: Adds more details from Twitch.

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