Suit against social media companies says racist Buffalo Tops gunman was radicalized online

The white gunman who slaughtered 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, last year was radicalized on the internet, attorneys representing the victims’ families said Wednesday in announcing a far-reaching wrongful death lawsuit against social media companies, weapon manufacturers and gun retailers.

“These social media companies, they knew or should have known that these algorithms will lead people to act in racist, violent manners,” civil rights attorney Ben Crump said at a news conference.

“The manufacturers of these body armors should have known this type of body armor leads to bloody massacres. And the gun sellers knew or should have known that these guns would lead to gut-wrenching murder. But yet, they all looked the other way,” he continued.

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