YouTube, Instagram and Discord appear to pull pages belonging to a person of interest in the Illinois shooting
This week, platforms like Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Discord moved fairly quickly to extract social media pages that apparently belonged to Robert Crimo III. He is believed to be a person of interest in the shooting that took place in suburban Chicago, killing six and injuring dozens on Monday afternoon.
Crimo, using a few pseudonyms, appeared to have posted over a dozen videos on YouTube, as well as hosting a Discord channel called “SS”, which was even open to the public via an invite link. His apparent YouTube account was reportedly inactive for eight months before it was deleted.
The channel’s latest video featured inappropriate language and imagery that appeared to include classrooms, and illustrated the depiction of people shooting. Additionally, one video appeared to be a rap music video, which ended with Crimo playing with balls in an apparent classroom. Moreover, he even seemed to be wearing some sort of protection over his eyes.
Alongside this, Crimo also had individual accounts under what looked like a rap alias. Apparently, he has posted several albums on Spotify, as well as several singles and EPs on Apple Music. In addition, the two accounts would have remained online until the evening of Monday July 4.
However, these tracks on the pages were later pulled from both music streaming platforms. A Spotify spokesperson, who requested anonymity, said the company made the decision to remove the particular content in partnership with its distribution.
In contrast, platforms Discord, Apple, Twitter, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube and Meta’s Instagram did not acknowledge any requests for comment on the development. Additionally, some social media posts somewhat hint at the Crimo-connected TikTok account, which may also have been deleted. In addition to the platform mentioned above, even ByteDance’s TikTok did not respond to any requests for comment.
Such a mass shooting also took place in Buffalo, New York, in May. Following this, a fairly quick discovery revealed how the suspect in this particular shooting had previously discussed his plans. Apparently he had talked about his plans to attack what appeared to be a private Discord server. Additionally, he used the Twitch platform to livestream his entire attack.
Due to the number of mass shootings that have taken place recently in the United States, the Supreme Court has ruled that it should be more difficult for states to impose gun restrictions.