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.
“Filtering algorithms so far have not been very good at detecting violence on livestream,” noted Jillian Peterson, a professor of criminology at Hamline University, who suggested that social media firms may end up being “held accountable” for their role in spreading violent and hateful content.
Research by Peterson and others suggest shooters may be affected by contagion when they see similar attacks.
“In many ways, these shootings are performances, meant for all of us to watch,” Peterson said.
“Social media — and now livestreaming services --- have given perpetrators a larger stage and wider audience. Perpetrators are looking to show their grievance to the world, and livestreaming gives them the means to do it.”
Hans-Jakob Schindler of the Counter Extremism Project, a group seeking to curb online violence, said the latest livestream highlights a need for stronger actions against social platforms.
“Online platforms need to step up and stop their services being used and in turn, parent companies need to hold them accountable,” Schindler said.
“Amazon is just as much to blame as Twitch for allowing this stream online. This tragic incident demonstrates one more time that a self-regulatory approach is not effective enough and sadly highlights the need for stronger regulation of the tech sector.”