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What is Discord, the chat app used by the Buffalo shooter?

By Tatum Hunter, Chris Velazco

24 May 2022 · 5 min read

Before he allegedly killed 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket on May 14, the 18-year-old suspected shooter left a string of racist writings in online forum Discord, a popular voice, video and text chat app.

As early as November, the teen wrote messages on Discord documenting his plan to allegedly murder Black people in a mass shooting, according to a compilation of messages reviewed by The Washington Post. Discord has since said the messages were only visible to the suspect until he shared them with others the day of the attack.

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