Two killed in shooting in eastern German city of Halle

Two people were killed in a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday and police said they had detained one person. Mass-selling daily Bild said the shooting took place in front of a synagogue, and that a hand grenade was also thrown into a Jewish cemetery. An eyewitness told n-tv television that a perpetrator had also fired shots into a kebab shop in Halle. Earlier, police tweeted: “According to initial findings, two people were killed in Halle. In recent years, cases of assault


Two people were killed in a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday and police said they had detained one person. Mass-selling daily Bild said the shooting took place in front of a synagogue, and that a hand grenade was also thrown into a Jewish cemetery. An eyewitness told n-tv television that a perpetrator had also fired shots into a kebab shop in Halle. Earlier, police tweeted: “According to initial findings, two people were killed in Halle. In recent years, cases of assault
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Two killed in shooting in eastern German city of Halle

Two people were killed in a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday and police said they had detained one person.

Mass-selling daily Bild said the shooting took place in front of a synagogue, and that a hand grenade was also thrown into a Jewish cemetery. An eyewitness told n-tv television that a perpetrator had also fired shots into a kebab shop in Halle.

The violence occurred on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism when Jews fast for more than 24 hours, seeking atonement.

“Our forces have detained one person,” local police said on Twitter. “Please nonetheless remain vigilant.” Earlier, police tweeted: “According to initial findings, two people were killed in Halle. There were several shots.”

Gunshots were also heard in Landsberg, a Halle suburb, Focus Online reported.

National rail operator Deutsche Bahn said the main train station in Halle had been closed.

Initial police statements did not confirm the media reports associating the gunfire and grenade attack with Jewish targets.

Anti-Semitism is especially sensitive in Germany, which during World War Two was responsible for the genocide of 6 million Jews in the Nazi Holocaust.

Despite comprehensive de-Nazification in the post-war era, fears of resurgent anti-Semitic hatred have never completely gone away, whether from far-right neo-Nazis or more recently from Muslim immigrants.

Occasional past attacks have ranged from the scrawling of Nazi swastikas on gravestones to firebombings at synagogues and even several murders. In recent years, cases of assault or verbal abuse, in some cases directed against people wearing traditional Jewish skullcaps, have raised an outcry.


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The German synagogue shooting was streamed on Amazon’s Twitch

(Photo by Jan Woitas/picture alliance via Getty Images)Wednesday’s shooting in the eastern German city of Halle outside of a synagogue was livestreamed on Amazon’s Twitch service, the company confirmed to CNBC. “Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against hateful conduct, and any act of violence is taken extremely seriously. NBC News reported that the video showed the shooter parking near the synagogue and shooting a woman before he entered the building. He wasn’t able to enter the synagogue and


(Photo by Jan Woitas/picture alliance via Getty Images)Wednesday’s shooting in the eastern German city of Halle outside of a synagogue was livestreamed on Amazon’s Twitch service, the company confirmed to CNBC. “Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against hateful conduct, and any act of violence is taken extremely seriously. NBC News reported that the video showed the shooter parking near the synagogue and shooting a woman before he entered the building. He wasn’t able to enter the synagogue and
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The German synagogue shooting was streamed on Amazon's Twitch

09 October 2019, Saxony-Anhalt, Landsberg: Police officers walk along a hedge with machine guns in their hands near Wiedersdorf/Landsberg. Besides the shots in Halle, there were also shots in Landsberg (Saalekreis) about 15 kilometres away. (Photo by Jan Woitas/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Wednesday’s shooting in the eastern German city of Halle outside of a synagogue was livestreamed on Amazon’s Twitch service, the company confirmed to CNBC. The video was 35 minutes long. Two people were killed in the attack, German police said earlier in the day.

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Germany today, and our deepest condolences go out to all those affected,” a Twitch spokesperson said. “Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against hateful conduct, and any act of violence is taken extremely seriously. We are working with urgency to remove this content and permanently suspend any accounts found to be posting or reposting content of this abhorrent act.”

NBC News reported that the video showed the shooter parking near the synagogue and shooting a woman before he entered the building. He wasn’t able to enter the synagogue and shot another person after driving to a kebab shop. The video was also posted to 10 white-supremacist Telegram channels where they were accessibly by tens of thousands of users, NBC News said.

It shows the growing problem that streaming platforms are facing: When people want to commit evil, they can broadcast their crimes to an audience using social networks, which can amplify their reach.

Twitch is a platform that was built to allow video gamers to livestream their games while chatting with their audience. Other companies have dealt with similar problems.

The footage is no longer on Twitch. CNBC was able to find links to download the video on other sites including 4Chan, however.

The New Zealand mosque massacre, which claimed 50 lives, was livestreamed to Facebook in March. Facebook said it worked to remove 1.5 million videos of the attack that were posted in 24 hours after it was initially streamed, and that 1.2 million of them were “blocked at upload,” by Facebook. YouTube, Twitter and Reddit also removed versions of the New Zealand livestream from their sites.

— CNBC’s Lauren Feiner contributed to this report. NBC News contributed to this report.

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‘There is no return to what Hong Kong was,’ strategist says of protests

Hong Kong has reached a point of “no return,” one strategist told CNBC on Thursday. “There is no return to what Hong Kong was. I don’t see the social situation being easily resolved, and I don’t see it getting better. So my forecast is pretty gloomy,” said David Roche, founder and strategist at research firm Independent Strategy. “For Hong Kong to maintain its edge, we have to find a way forward,” said Zeman, who has lived in the city for more than four decades and serves as an economic advisor


Hong Kong has reached a point of “no return,” one strategist told CNBC on Thursday. “There is no return to what Hong Kong was. I don’t see the social situation being easily resolved, and I don’t see it getting better. So my forecast is pretty gloomy,” said David Roche, founder and strategist at research firm Independent Strategy. “For Hong Kong to maintain its edge, we have to find a way forward,” said Zeman, who has lived in the city for more than four decades and serves as an economic advisor
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'There is no return to what Hong Kong was,' strategist says of protests

Hong Kong has reached a point of “no return,” one strategist told CNBC on Thursday.

“There is no return to what Hong Kong was. I don’t see the social situation being easily resolved, and I don’t see it getting better. So my forecast is pretty gloomy,” said David Roche, founder and strategist at research firm Independent Strategy.

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old protester was shot by a live bullet, amid violent brawls between the police and demonstrators on China’s National Day.

“The police have become the enemy especially after the shooting of the young school boy,” said longtime resident and business leader Allan Zeman. “They get provoked first and then of course they defend themselves.”

While the shooting has further galvanized anti-government protesters against the police force, authorities maintain that the officer fired his weapon with the intention to stop, not kill. Multiple videos of the altercation show protesters carrying objects like wrenches and hammers.

While Zeman, has lived in the global financial center through the 1997 handover scare, the real estate mogul said this “earthquake” — the ongoing mass demonstrations — is different from the other tumultuous times he witnessed in the city.

“For Hong Kong to maintain its edge, we have to find a way forward,” said Zeman, who has lived in the city for more than four decades and serves as an economic advisor to Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam.


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Beto O’Rourke goes after key immunity for social media companies if they allow users to incite violence

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seen at the site of a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, August 4, 2019. Following the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas last week, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seeking to hold social media companies accountable for the hateful content their users post. O’Rourke says the legislation should be amended to allow tech companies to be held accountable “where they are found to knowingly promote content th


Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seen at the site of a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, August 4, 2019. Following the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas last week, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seeking to hold social media companies accountable for the hateful content their users post. O’Rourke says the legislation should be amended to allow tech companies to be held accountable “where they are found to knowingly promote content th
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Beto O'Rourke goes after key immunity for social media companies if they allow users to incite violence

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seen at the site of a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, August 4, 2019.

Following the mass shooting in his hometown of El Paso, Texas last week, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seeking to hold social media companies accountable for the hateful content their users post.

As part of a plan released on his campaign website Friday called “Combating Hate and Violence in America, ” O’Rourke is going after a key piece of legislation known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law provides social media companies immunity from legal liability for their users’ posts and has been hotly debated by lawmakers as privacy scandals and antitrust probes have descended upon Big Tech. O’Rourke says the legislation should be amended to allow tech companies to be held accountable “where they are found to knowingly promote content that incites violence.”

O’Rourke’s plan draws a clear line between hateful messages on the internet and real life violence. In the case of the El Paso shooting, the link was clear — the gunman reportedly released an anti-immigrant manifesto on the message board 8chan just prior to the attack. Following the revelation, cybersecurity company Cloudflare cut its service from 8chan, and O’Rourke’s plan calls for other providers to do the same.

“We must connect the dots between internet communities providing a platform for online radicalization and white supremacy, as propaganda outlets like Fox News fuel that fire, and the fact that hate crimes against Black and LGBTQ+ Americans are on the rise,” according to the post on O’Rourke’s campaign website.

O’Rourke’s proposal could have serious implications for social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube, which all came under fire after videos of the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand proliferated on their platforms earlier this year.

The plan would require “large internet platforms to adopt terms of service to ban hateful activities, defined as those that incite or engage in violence, intimidation, harassment, threats, or defamation targeting an individual or group based on their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.”

The plan doesn’t just apply to Big Tech companies. Companies of all sizes would be liable if they host content that promotes violence.

If enacted, these platforms would likely have to amend their policies and removal processes or face a greater threat of legal repercussions.

In his latest stance, O’Rourke joins his former opponent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to whom he narrowly lost a bid for the state’s Senate seat last year. Cruz’s motivations for opposing the legal protection for tech companies are far different, however. During a debate leading up to the 2018 election, Cruz said he believes Big Tech does not deserve immunity if they cannot eliminate bias from their platforms.

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Gun control groups spend over $2 million on ads since recent mass shootings, while NRA talks to Trump

Demonstrators protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to the site of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 7, 2019. Gun control advocacy groups have dedicated more than $2 million on digital and TV ads, widely outspending the National Rifle Association, since the mass shootings weeks ago in California, Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead. Gun control advocates say the NRA may not spend as much for lobbying going forward because they have Trump’s ear. Everytown for Gun Safety


Demonstrators protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to the site of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 7, 2019. Gun control advocacy groups have dedicated more than $2 million on digital and TV ads, widely outspending the National Rifle Association, since the mass shootings weeks ago in California, Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead. Gun control advocates say the NRA may not spend as much for lobbying going forward because they have Trump’s ear. Everytown for Gun Safety
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Gun control groups spend over $2 million on ads since recent mass shootings, while NRA talks to Trump

Demonstrators protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to the site of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 7, 2019.

Gun control advocacy groups have dedicated more than $2 million on digital and TV ads, widely outspending the National Rifle Association, since the mass shootings weeks ago in California, Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead.

Everytown for Gun Safety — funded mostly by Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former New York mayor — is leading the way with a $935,000 ad campaign. Its digital and TV ads call on Congress to require tougher background checks for gun sales along with strong red-flag laws, which are meant to take firearms away from those deemed a threat to themselves or others.

The NRA has spent just $14,000 on Facebook ads since last week. Instead, the group focused its recent advocacy on tweeting and being in direct contact with President Donald Trump.

Gun control advocates say the NRA may not spend as much for lobbying going forward because they have Trump’s ear.

“There is not a response from them to counter the overwhelming push from the American people, politicians and activists on this issue,” said Andrew Patrick, media director at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “In the past, they get their lobbying going. Now they can call the president and he can prepare their talking points.”

The spate of shootings has given organizations calling for tighter gun laws new momentum, particularly as big-money backers such as Bloomberg look to counter the decades-long influence the NRA has exerted on Capitol Hill.

Everytown for Gun Safety’s campaign focuses largely on Republican senators who have resisted calls for tighter gun control. They include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, and Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both of Florida, Richard Burr, of North Carolina, and John Cornyn, of Texas. Most of these lawmakers have previously received NRA contributions. The ads will start airing next week and will continue through the August recess.

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which is part of the Everytown group, says Senate lawmakers will have to listen or expect to face tough reelection battles.

“We’re hopeful that the Senate will act, but if they don’t there will be hell to pay in 2020,” Watts told CNBC on Thursday. “We are having our events in all 50 states, and it’s really important that senators in red, blue and purple states listen to these constituents,” she added. The organization is also spending $65,000 on nationwide rallies that are scheduled to take place this weekend.

A Fox News poll taken Aug. 11-13 showed that 90% of participants support requiring all potential gun buyers to go through a criminal background check, while 81% said they’d like red-flag laws.

Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization created by the families of victims of the 2012 gun massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut, has spent just over $300,000 on Facebook ads since Aug. 7, according to the company’s ad library. The most recent ad shows a boy named Dylan, who was killed during the mass shooting, and calls on Congress to limit the size of gun magazines.

Only billionaire and presidential candidate Tom Steyer, with more than $900,000 in ads over the past seven days, has spent more than Sandy Hook Promise on Facebook ads.

Ban Assault Weapons NOW, a nonprofit whose leadership includes survivors of various mass shootings, has spent just over $90,000 on ads since this summer’s mass shootings. Its latest message calls for people to sign its petition urging a ban on assault weapons in Florida. It also criticizes Congress for its inaction on gun laws and its members’ ties to the NRA.

A gun control advocacy group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head during a mass shooting in Arizona in 2011, has launched a $750,000 TV ad campaign. It will call for McConnell and Sen. Cory Gardner, of Colorado, to support background-check legislation.

While the NRA hasn’t spent much recently, it has used other means to get its message across.


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Walmart is taking displays of violent video games out of stores following El Paso shooting

Following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores this summer, the company is taking displays of violent video games out of stores. While some argue video games incite violent behavior and raise mental health concerns, there isn’t substantial evidence to back this claim up. I think if they had stopped selling video games and kept selling guns that would have been more of a red flag.” “The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of


Following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores this summer, the company is taking displays of violent video games out of stores. While some argue video games incite violent behavior and raise mental health concerns, there isn’t substantial evidence to back this claim up. I think if they had stopped selling video games and kept selling guns that would have been more of a red flag.” “The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of
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Walmart is taking displays of violent video games out of stores following El Paso shooting

People pay their respects at the makeshift memorial for victims of the shooting that left a total of 22 people dead at the Cielo Vista Mall WalMart in El Paso, Texas, on August 6, 2019.

Following two deadly shootings at Walmart stores this summer, the company is taking displays of violent video games out of stores.

Walmart this week sent workers in its stores a notice telling them to take “immediate action,” to “remove signing and displays referencing violence.” It called out specifically turning off PlayStation and Xbox units with violent graphics, and also to “cancel and events promoting combat or third-person shooter games.”

“We’ve taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment,” a spokeswoman told CNBC on Friday.

While some argue video games incite violent behavior and raise mental health concerns, there isn’t substantial evidence to back this claim up.

“I’m going to give Walmart the benefit of the doubt on this one,” Patrick Markey, director of The Interpersonal Research Laboratory and professor of psychology at Villanova University, said. “I think they simply don’t want to remind shoppers of the violence. I think if they had stopped selling video games and kept selling guns that would have been more of a red flag.”

“The research is not there to suggest that there is a link between violent video games and these horrific acts of violence,” he said. “When we look at when people play video games, we actually see a dip in violent crimes … and we don’t see an uptick later on.”

Back in 2017, the American Psychology Association’s media psychology division published a policy statement that reads: “Scant evidence has emerged that makes any causal or correlational connection between playing violent video games and actually committing violent activities.”

By Friday morning, there was an active discussion on social media about the retailer’s changes. Reddit users who claim to be Walmart employees were questioning the new policy, saying it removes “virtual violence,” while continuing to sell guns.

Walmart declined to comment beyond its earlier statement.

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon earlier this week took to his social media accounts to say the company will be “thoughtful and deliberate” in how it responds to the shootings, one of which took place on July 30 at its El Paso store, where 22 people were killed.


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Walmart employees call for walkout over gun sales

Walmart employees pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims, at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on August 6, 2019. “We are all concerned employees, and Walmart says it values the outlook of its employees,” Marshall told NBC News. “Our focus has been on our associates and the entire El Paso community.” Assisting Marshall with gun sales protest efforts is another Walmart employee, Kate Kesner. Gun control advocates have argued that Walmart should discontin


Walmart employees pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims, at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on August 6, 2019. “We are all concerned employees, and Walmart says it values the outlook of its employees,” Marshall told NBC News. “Our focus has been on our associates and the entire El Paso community.” Assisting Marshall with gun sales protest efforts is another Walmart employee, Kate Kesner. Gun control advocates have argued that Walmart should discontin
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Walmart employees call for walkout over gun sales

Walmart employees pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for the shooting victims, at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on August 6, 2019. – The August 3 shooting left 22 people dead. US President Donald Trump will visit the Texan border city August 7, and will also travel to Dayton, Ohio where a second mass shooting early August 4 left another nine dead

In the wake of the weekend’s deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, a pair of Walmart employees are joining a number of gun control advocates, questioning the retail chain’s sale of guns and ammunition and encouraging other employees to join in their protest.

Thomas Marshall, 23, a Walmart employee based in San Bruno, California, used email and internal Walmart Slack channels to reach out to fellow employees this week, encouraging them to call in sick Tuesday, to take part in a walkout Wednesday and to sign a Change.org petition that calls for an end to the sale of guns and ammunition in all Walmart stores.

“We are all concerned employees, and Walmart says it values the outlook of its employees,” Marshall told NBC News. “We feel as if we can make a noticeable difference.”

Marshall said he’s troubled by Walmart’s decision to continue to sell firearms, even after the mass shooting in one of its own stores in El Paso killed at least 22 Saturday.

“If I do wind up getting fired for this, that is a risk I am willing to take,” Marshall said on MSNBC on Wednesday.

According to Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove, approximately half of the 4,700 Walmarts in the United States sell guns and many more sell ammunition. Hargrove said that there are no plans to change the retail giant’s policies since the weekend shootings or as a result of Marshall’s call for an employee walkout.

“There’s been no change to our policy regarding firearms,” Hargrove said. “Our focus has been on our associates and the entire El Paso community.”

Assisting Marshall with gun sales protest efforts is another Walmart employee, Kate Kesner.

Kesner and Marshall said that their work accounts were disabled by Walmart after they attempted to organize the protests.

Hargrove confirmed that those company accounts had been suspended and would remain suspended until the employees return to work. He said Marshall has not been suspended or terminated as a result of his recent activities.

Marshall said that he has received widespread support for his protest efforts, and that walkouts were expected to take place Wednesday at the Walmart labs in Portland, Oregon; the Walmart-owned Jet.com e-commerce office in Hoboken, New Jersey; and at his Walmart office location in San Bruno.

Gun control advocates have argued that Walmart should discontinue the sale of all guns and ammunition in the wake of the growing number of mass shootings.


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Trump visits Dayton, Ohio after mass shooting that shocked country

Demonstrators protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to the site of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 7, 2019. The El Paso massacre is being investigated as a hate crime and the FBI said the Dayton shooter had explored violent ideologies. It admonished Trump for calling El Paso one of the country’s most dangerous cities in his February State of the Union address. “The violence that pierced El Paso, drawing you here today, is not of our own community,” wrote editor Tim Archulet


Demonstrators protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to the site of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 7, 2019. The El Paso massacre is being investigated as a hate crime and the FBI said the Dayton shooter had explored violent ideologies. It admonished Trump for calling El Paso one of the country’s most dangerous cities in his February State of the Union address. “The violence that pierced El Paso, drawing you here today, is not of our own community,” wrote editor Tim Archulet
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Trump visits Dayton, Ohio after mass shooting that shocked country

Demonstrators protest the visit of US President Donald Trump to the site of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on August 7, 2019.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited the Ohio city that suffered one of last weekend’s two deadly mass shootings that shocked the country, even as critics and protesters accused him of inflaming tensions with anti-immigrant and racially charged rhetoric.

Trump visited survivors, first responders and staff at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where nine people and the suspect were killed in a rampage early on Sunday.

Dozens of protesters outside the hospital set up a “baby Trump” blimp balloon and held signs reading “Do Something,” “Save our city,” and “You are why.”

Later in the day, Trump will visit the Texas city of El Paso, on the border with Mexico, where 22 people were killed at a Walmart store on Saturday by a 21-year-old man who had posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online.

The back-to-back massacres, occurring 13 hours apart, have reopened the national debate over gun safety and led protesters in Dayton to heckle Ohio’s Republican governor, Mike DeWine, at a vigil for the shooting victims with chants of “Do something!”

As he left the White House, Trump said he wanted to strengthen background checks for gun purchases and make sure mentally ill people did not carry guns. He predicted congressional support for those two measures but not for banning assault rifles.

“I can tell you that there is no political appetite for that at this moment,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “But I will certainly bring that up … There is a great appetite, and I mean a very strong appetite, for background checks.”

In Dayton, Trump was greeted at the airport by a bipartisan group of state and local officials, including Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who had said she would welcome Trump but planned to tell him he had been “unhelpful” on the issue of gun violence.

Critics have said Trump stokes violence with racially incendiary rhetoric. The El Paso massacre is being investigated as a hate crime and the FBI said the Dayton shooter had explored violent ideologies.

On Monday, Trump gave a speech focusing on mental health reforms, tighter internet regulation and wider use of the death penalty. Democrats accuse Trump of hiding behind talk of mental illness and the influence of social media rather than committing to laws they insist are needed to restrict gun ownership and the types of weapons that are legal.

In Iowa, Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden planned to say in a campaign speech, “We have a president with a toxic tongue who has publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism, and division.”

In a sign of higher tensions after the shootings, a motorcycle backfiring on Tuesday night in New York’s Times Square sent crowds running for fear of another gun attack.

“People are obviously very frightened,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN.

Authorities in Texas have said they are investigating Saturday’s shooting spree in the predominantly Hispanic west Texas border city of El Paso as a hate crime and an act of domestic terrorism. They cited a racist manifesto posted online shortly before the shooting, which they attributed to the suspect.

An open letter to Trump on Wednesday in the El Paso Times described the border city as having “a deep tradition of racial harmony” whose people came together after the tragedy. It admonished Trump for calling El Paso one of the country’s most dangerous cities in his February State of the Union address.

“The violence that pierced El Paso, drawing you here today, is not of our own community,” wrote editor Tim Archuleta. “An outsider came here to shatter our city, to murder our neighbors. A white man from another Texas city came to target the more than 80% of us who share Hispanic roots.”


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-08-07  Authors: kevin breuninger
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Cloudflare CEO defends decision to drop website used by El Paso shooting suspect, calling it ‘lawless’

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince is defending his decision to pull the plug on the controversial website used by the El Paso shooting suspect. Cloudflare initially said on Sunday that it would not cut off 8chan. Unlike 8chan, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter “aren’t lawless platforms,” Prince said, citing the companies’ global moderation teams and policies around hate speech. Social media platforms have recently announced sweeping measures to beat back hate speech and other content


Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince is defending his decision to pull the plug on the controversial website used by the El Paso shooting suspect. Cloudflare initially said on Sunday that it would not cut off 8chan. Unlike 8chan, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter “aren’t lawless platforms,” Prince said, citing the companies’ global moderation teams and policies around hate speech. Social media platforms have recently announced sweeping measures to beat back hate speech and other content
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Cloudflare CEO defends decision to drop website used by El Paso shooting suspect, calling it 'lawless'

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince is defending his decision to pull the plug on the controversial website used by the El Paso shooting suspect.

The company, which provides security software and other services to websites that help them stay online, announced in a blog post Sunday night that it was terminating services to 8chan after the suspected gunman in the El Paso shooting appeared to use it to post an anti-immigrant and anti-government screed. The shooting on Saturday left at least 20 people dead and another 26 wounded. Cloudflare initially said on Sunday that it would not cut off 8chan.

Since announcing the move to cut off 8chan, the U.S. cybersecurity company has faced criticism from some who say it is wrongfully policing the internet.

“If you are on Twitter right now, all of the 8chan supporters are saying ‘Why don’t you cut off Facebook or Twitter because there are horrible things that get posted to them?’ That’s true, there are horrible things that get posted to them,” Prince said in an interview with Ben Thompson, an independent analyst who runs Stratechery.

Unlike 8chan, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter “aren’t lawless platforms,” Prince said, citing the companies’ global moderation teams and policies around hate speech.

“If you don’t have that, then you do fall into a different bucket,” Prince said. “That was the rationale that we came to.”

8chan demonstrated that it’s “truly lawless,” by not responding to abuse complaints and ultimately “directly inspired” three mass shootings, he added, referring to the attacks in El Paso, Christchurch, New Zealand and at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California.

“While we think it’s really important that we are not the ones being the arbiter of what is good or bad, if at the end of the day content platforms aren’t taking any responsibility, or in some cases actively thwarting it, and we see that there is real harm that those platforms are doing, then maybe that is the time that we cut people off,” Prince said.

Cloudflare has previously cut off service to websites promoting hateful content. In 2017, the company terminated service with website the Daily Stormer in the wake of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left three people dead.

Social media platforms have recently announced sweeping measures to beat back hate speech and other content that violate their policies. Earlier this year, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube began removing content promoting supremacist content.


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Cloudflare cuts service to 8chan after El Paso shooting, CEO calls it ‘a cesspool of hate’

U.S. cybersecurity company Cloudflare said on Monday it was terminating services to online message board 8chan after the suspected gunman in the weekend’s El Paso shooting appeared to have used the website before he went on a rampage. “We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time,” Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, wrote in a blog post. Cloudflare provides services to help web sites stay online and load faster. “Based on evidence we’


U.S. cybersecurity company Cloudflare said on Monday it was terminating services to online message board 8chan after the suspected gunman in the weekend’s El Paso shooting appeared to have used the website before he went on a rampage. “We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time,” Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, wrote in a blog post. Cloudflare provides services to help web sites stay online and load faster. “Based on evidence we’
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Cloudflare cuts service to 8chan after El Paso shooting, CEO calls it 'a cesspool of hate'

U.S. cybersecurity company Cloudflare said on Monday it was terminating services to online message board 8chan after the suspected gunman in the weekend’s El Paso shooting appeared to have used the website before he went on a rampage.

“We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time,” Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, wrote in a blog post.

Cloudflare provides services to help web sites stay online and load faster. In particular, it provides protection against denial-of-service attacks, meaning when this protection is lifted, sites may be effectively taken offline. 8chan has been experiencing intermittent lengthy outages since Cloudflare pulled out.

On Saturday, a suspected shooter was said to have posted an anti-immigrant and anti-government screed on the forum before opening fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, which left at least 20 people dead and another 26 wounded.

His post was deleted from one of 8chan’s forums after the shooting started, but forum users archived the document, which contained a link to a PDF version, NBC News reported.

The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Patrick Wood Crusius, cited in his note that the gunman who killed 51 people at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March was an inspiration, according to NBC News. The Christchurch shooter had live-streamed the attack online.

“Based on evidence we’ve seen, it appears that he posted a screed to the site immediately before beginning his terrifying attack on the El Paso Walmart killing 20 people,” Prince wrote.

“8chan has repeatedly proven itself to be a cesspool of hate,” he said.

Prince added that even if the online message board did not violate the law by refusing to moderate the “hate-filled” content uploaded by users, it created “an environment that revels in violating its spirit.”

— Reuters and CNBC’s Spencer Kimball contributed to this report.


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