White supremacist supermarket killer Payton Gendron released his murder plans 41 hours before his massacre but internet giants failed to act, the Mirror can reveal.
Between the publication of his murderous manifesto on Google and the attack on Saturday, which killed 10 people, he even went to the store he would later target.
On Friday, the teenager walked into Top’s supermarket in Buffalo, New York, disguised as a homeless person to carry out a “reconnaissance” mission, manager Shonnell Teague confirmed.
Locals are increasingly angered by the failures of big tech companies, with many telling the Mirror they have the “blood of our community” on their hands due to their lack of inaction.
They also accused the companies of “doing little or nothing” to prevent the spread of hate on their servers, which allowed teenager Gendron to indoctrinate himself in far-right hate.
Growing anger here has put increasing pressure on internet giants who have been accused around the world of doing little to address the growing problem.
On Saturday, the heavily armed Gendron traveled 200 miles from his home in Conklin to Buffalo before live-streaming his attack on black residents.
Using Google, he posted his plans online in a twisted 180-page manifesto calling on white people to rise up and start a race war at 8:55 p.m. Thursday.
He also called for the assassination of London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Gendron performed his on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
After his assault, the attack on the 18-year-old was reportedly unstoppable, with some officials saying he did not name the Top’s supermarket as a target.
But in his murderous ‘Great Replacement Theory’ manifesto, the teenager provided not only the name of the store, its postcode and the street names he would take to get there, but also a map of the inside of the store. store.
On page six of his manifesto, Gendron writes, “Why did you choose (REDACTED) for the location of the attack?
“(REDACTED) has the highest percentage of black population and isn’t that far off. Also NY has heavy gun laws so it would be a relief if I knew that any legally armed civilian was limited to 10 mags rounds or shell firearms.
“I changed the city name to redacted because I would rather the FBI and local police didn’t know until the attack started. After the attack, can someone please change please?”
However, 53 pages later, he provides further details identifying his exact target.
Anger rose in the streets outside the supermarket on Monday as several locals demanded to know how his plans for the massacre had not been taken up and told to the police or the FBI.
Jerome Davey, 37, said Buffalonians “deserve answers from Google” as to why they allowed such a document to be published.
The father-of-five said: “For 40 hours this killer’s plan was on a server for all to see, but no one at the media giants figured it out, let alone the police.
“Companies like Google have the blood of our community on their hands.
“They do little or nothing to stop the spread of such hatred. Profit, not people, is all they seem to care about.”
In the wake of the killings, New York Governor Kathy Hochul strongly criticized “social media platforms” for displaying hatred and not immediately removing Gendron.
She promised an investigation would focus on what could have been done to arrest him, as he had announced his views online and had been on authorities’ radar.
“I want to know what people knew and when they knew it,” she said, adding that the investigation would “call our law enforcement as well as our social media platforms.”
She added: “Social media platforms that profit from their existence must be responsible for monitoring and surveillance, knowing that they may be, in a sense, complicit in a crime like this. Perhaps not legally, but morally. They’ve created the platform for this hate to be spewed out,” she said.
Hochul also said there was “a feeding frenzy on social media platforms, where the hate is escalating further.”
“This needs to stop. These outlets need to be more vigilant in monitoring social media content.
“And certainly the fact that this act of barbarism, this execution of innocent human beings, can be broadcast live on social media platforms and not be taken down in a second, tells me there is a responsibility there. -down,” the governor added. .
The US Department of Justice is investigating the shooting “as a hate crime and an act of racially motivated violent extremism”, US Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed.
Despite repeated examples of killers posting their intentions online, including New Zealand mosque killer Brenton Tarrant, little seems to have been done to rid the internet of such hatred.
Just last year, a counterterrorism organization formed by some of America’s biggest tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, pledged to dramatically expand the types of extremist content shared between companies in a database, in the purpose of suppressing the material of white supremacists and far-right militias.
Previously, the Global Internet Counterterrorism Forum database focused on videos and images of terrorist groups on a United Nations list. It was mostly content from Islamist extremist organizations such as the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
But last year, the group said it would add attacker manifestos – often shared by supporters after white supremacist violence – and other posts and links flagged by the United Nations’ Tech Against initiative. Terrorism.
A preliminary investigation found Gendron repeatedly visited sites espousing white supremacist ideologies and race-based conspiracy theories and thoroughly researched the 2019 mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, and about Anders Breivik who killed dozens of people at a summer camp in Norway in 2011.
Police were called to question Gendron after he threatened to shoot a classmate when he graduated from high school last year.
Susquehanna Valley High School officials were so worried they called in cops to investigate.
Police were called in June 2021 after he said he would shoot other students.
“A school official reported that this very troubled young man had made statements indicating that he wanted to do a shooting, either during a graduation ceremony or some time after,” a government source said. .
After officers reviewed the account, Gendron was referred for mental health assessment and counseling.
His classmates said he often acted strangely and espoused extremist views on politics.