Suspect ‘frequented’ two of the spas attacked
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Facebook is removing content celebrating the recent shootings in Atlanta that targeted Asian women, designating the attack as “a violating event” – one that has additional regulations on the platform.
Content that praises, supports, or represents the shooting or the suspect will be removed, Facebook told the Verge. It did not give any additional details about how much content has been actioned.
This is not the first time Facebook has made such a designation. It did the same in the January insurrection and in the aftermath of a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020.
Both of those instances made clear how wide the gap can be between Facebook’s stated policies and its ability to enforce them. The platform struggled to remove posts glorifying or supporting the insurrection following the January 6 violence. Both of those violent events were planned extensively in Facebook events and groups.
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Trevor Noah on the Atlanta shootings and anti-Asian racism: ‘We could see this coming’
On Wednesday, late-night hosts addressed the previous day’s killing of eight people, including six Asian women, by a 21-year-old white man who targeted Asian spas in Atlanta. “This is truly horrifying,” said Trevor Noah, a tragedy made even more painful by the police’s hesitance to say the crime was motivated by racism.
According to Georgia police, the shooter blamed his actions on “sex addiction” and was looking to take out “temptations”, an excuse for which Noah had zero patience. “Fuck you, man. You killed six Asian people. Specifically, you went there,” he said. “Your murders speak louder than your words.”