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Social media giants slammed for spreading graphic footage from Buffalo shooting

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Social-media sites are being slammed for the spread of graphic and far-right material from Saturday’s horrific attack in Buffalo, New York

The gunman livestreamed the fatal shooting of 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket on Twitch.

The gut wrenching footage captured on the gunman’s helmet, was duplicated on other streaming sites after Twitch removed it.

Twitch was quick to take down the live stream, but meta and twitter still remain behind the eight ball and under heavy scrutiny.

The platforms say footage from the attack and links to the shooter’s manifesto are being actively removed.

While 22 viewers watched the stream live on Twitch, the Washington Post says a copy uploaded to an alternative streaming site was viewed more than three million times before its removal.

Facebook did not remove a link to the copy for more than 10 hours, racking up tens of thousands of views

Meta says it is removing and blocking copies of the livestream, the shooter’s manifesto and external links to them.

But Meta says some people have been trying to bypass its policies to post material from the attack online.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media

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Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff

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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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Move over Black Friday, it’s Cyber Monday

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If you’ve still got a bit of cash left over from Black Friday sales, well today is Cyber Monday.

Officially kicking off today, the Cyber Monday sales are widely regarded as some of the biggest and best discounts you’ll see all year.

Some retailers are promising 80 percent discounts off top items.

Black Friday sales raked in a record $9.12 billion from online shoppers this year despite concerns about inflation and higher prices.

Inflation accounts for some of the increase this year, with people paying more to buy less.

Online sales for electronics spiked 221% on Friday compared to an average day in October, with top sellers including Apple MacBooks and watches.

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