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Radio News: Social media, not guns, gets blamed for shootings

May 29, 2022 11:33 pm

Mike Masnick writes in TechDirt about how politicians are blaming words sent by radio waves for the multiple murders at schools, grocery stores, houses of worship and other so-called "soft" targets around the nation, rather than guns. For instance, Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker said on Fox News last week that the solution to school shootings involves "a department that can look at young men that's looking at women that's looking at social media." Click here to play an excerpt of Walker's statement. Of course, Masnick points out, a government department that is looking into the speech of people also is taking away constitutional rights. Meanwhile, The Washington Post lists all the social media sites used by the recent mass shooters. "Both the Uvalde, Texas, shooter and the one in Buffalo, used a combination of disappearing video-app Snapchat, Instagram direct messages, chat-app Discord, and social-app Yubo to meet people and share their violent plans with acquaintances. In the case of the Buffalo shooting, the gunman also used video streaming platform Twitch to publicize his deadly attack," Masnick wrote. "It’s weird to blame the tools for the actual communications, but that always seems to be the focus." Read more about this story in TechDirt.