YouTube and Facebook remove accounts of Plymouth ‘incel’ gunman after he posted rambling videos complaining he was a ‘fat, ugly, virgin’
- Jake Davison posted videos saying he was ‘beaten down’ and ‘defeated by life’
- The 22-year-old went on a shooting spree in Plymouth yesterday, killing five before turning gun on himself
- YouTube and Facebook have since removed his accounts and deleted his posts
Social networks have removed Plymouth gunman Jake Davison’s accounts from their platforms in the aftermath of the attack.
The 22-year-old was active across Facebook, Reddit and YouTube, where he uploaded a video a few weeks ago saying he was ‘beaten down’ and ‘defeated by life’.
Davison was today named by police as the gunman who murdered five people in Devon city, including a three-year-old girl, before turning his gun on himself.
Both his YouTube and Facebook accounts were removed by about lunchtime on Friday, but a Reddit account believed to belong to Davison could still be accessed on Friday afternoon.
Plymouth gunman Jake Davison’s had accounts on Facebook, Reddit and YouTube, where he uploaded rambling videos complaining that he was ‘beaten down’ and ‘defeated by life’
Davison was today named by police as the gunman who murdered five people in Devon city, including a three-year-old girl, before turning his gun on himself
Google-owned YouTube confirmed to the PA news agency that Davison’s account had been terminated under its offline behaviour policy.
‘Our hearts go out to those affected by this terrible incident,’ a spokesperson said.
‘We have strict policies to ensure our platform is not used to incite violence on YouTube.
‘In addition, we also have long standing policies that prohibit those responsible for attacks like these from having a YouTube channel and have since terminated their channel from our platform.’
Google also said that it will comply with any police requests made through proper legal processes.
Meanwhile Facebook, which also owns Instagram, confirmed it too has removed Davison’s accounts.
The social network said he was removed under its dangerous individuals and organisations policy, which does not allow mass murderers on either platform.
However, an account on Reddit thought to belong to Davison was still accessible on Friday afternoon.
In a post on the account he said he ‘hated’ his mother Maxine and blamed her for being a virgin.
And in another written just over three weeks ago about the evolution of gun attacks over the past 80 years, Davison wrote: ‘There are lot more guns in Europe and the UK then people think.’
Reddit has been approached for comment.
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer of Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed that detectives are examining Davison’s social media output as part of their investigation.
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