The White House has summoned social media and giant tech firms for an internet debate on online violent extremism on Friday in order to develop new technologies that can help control the spread of online movements that promote violence. However, what firms would be engaged in the conference is not clear yet. A spokesman for Twitter declined to comment. Facebook and Google have not responded to demands for comments instantly. The conference is scheduled to occur just days since the mass shooting that left more than 30 dead in two U.S. towns in less than 24 hours.
The mass shooting took place on the morning of August 3, 2019 at the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, USA. The convict, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius from Allen, north of Dallas, had formally been charged with mass shooting and is currently under bondless custody. It is said that the shooter’s mother called the Allen police weeks prior to the assassination for she was concerned about her son who owned an AK-47-style rifle. The state attorney has said that he would be expecting Crusius ‘ death sentence.
Law enforcement officials believe that a rage-filled “manifesto” was uploaded on the internet communication platform 8chan by the alleged attacker in the El Paso attack before he began shooting at the shoppers at a local Walmart store. The 2,300-word statement is split into five parts after a short introduction: political reasons for the shooting, financial causes, machinery that will be used to perform the shooting, the anticipated response to the attack, and “private reasons and ideas.” Titled “The Inconvenient Truth,” the document is a mishmash of perspectives and beliefs.
However, political critics of President Donald Trump, civil society organizations and El Paso citizens said his phrases were partially attributable to the mass shootings as the author spoke out against a supposed “Hispanic Texas invasion” in the manifesto, reflecting Trump’s statements in which he had referred to migrants attempting to join the United States as “an invasion” through its southern border.