The Steam gaming platform crashed into over 100 profiles that commemorate the suspected shooter behind today's tragic shooting in New Zealand, which killed 49 people.
Until just before the publication of this article, dozens of users of The PC gaming service clearly offered homage to the alleged writer behind a manifesto of white suprematism that takes responsibility for filming in New Zealand. These profiles tended to take possession of the name and image of the suspected murderer, the most common of which appears to be a screenshot of a live Facebook streaming of the footage. One profile shows a GIF of the attack, while others offer praise for his actions or refer to him as "Kebab Remover" or a "saint" or "hero".
Early this morning, 66 profiles claimed the alleged name of the shooter, and in just three hours, the number reached over 100. Hours later Kotaku contacted Steam to comment, however, on the name of the alleged shooter has disappeared from the main pages of the profiles, but still remains under a list of previous aliases. However, new ones appear.
Since the publication of this article, there are only two users who claim or emulate the name of the suspected killer both on Facebook and on Twitter.
In addition to nearly 100 pages referenced or venerated in the suspected New Zealand shooter, hundreds of pages continue to nod to mass shooters of the past, including the perpetrators of massacres in Charleston, Isla Vista and Parkland and the killings of mass of 2011 in Norway. These profiles also appropriate the names and images of these terrorists, sometimes their mugshot or print images from their process. Many have been alive for months or years. 45 profiles that refer to the name of the Charleston shooter remain alive, including four created near the attack date of 2015.
"It is very difficult to speculate on why people do things on the internet. Internet tends to be immersed in irony and satire, "said Alice Marwick, assistant professor of communication at UNC Chapel Hill, where she studies extremist content on social media. "That said, many times this kind of irony and satire hides a genuine hatred… I think that when people take on these people 's mantle, yes, they could be ironic or edgelord, but even if you're not emulating their actions, you're emulating their belief system. "
For years, hate groups that encouraged Nazis and white supremacists have thrived on Steam, VICE Motherboard reported in 2017. Only a year later, the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that Steam it served as a home for 173 groups "that clearly venerate the shooters of the schools of the past", including some described as "A group" for all my fellow shooters "and" School Shooters are Heroes. "
Valve, the company behind Steam, has traditionally adopted a non-formal approach to moderate the content of games, groups and user pages that their platform hosts, which is what makes today's moderation effort worthy of note "Yet Kotaku reported at the end of 2018 that Steam was quietly removing some of the hate groups hosted on it." Various parts of the Steam Community are moderated by a combination of official Valve staff, community moderators and representatives of game developers and publishers, "reads the Steam moderation document. Starting this year, Steam hosted 90 million monthly users, a behemoth moderation task.
Public veneration for mass shooters it contributes to the narrative of the badly guided and deeply demented hero who helps to generate them, whether ironic or sincere.
provided by Dhruv Mehrotra.