YouTube, Instagram and Discord appear to pull pages belonging to person of interest shooting in Illinois
YouTube, Instagram, Discord and Twitter moved quickly to extract social media pages that appeared to belong to Robert Crimo III, a person of interest in the Chicago suburban shooting that left six people dead and dozens injured this after -midday. Under a pair of aliases, Crimo appears to have posted more than a dozen videos on YouTube and hosted a Discord channel named “SS”, which was open to the public via an invite link.
Crimo’s apparent YouTube account hadn’t been posted in about eight months, according to The edgebefore the account was deleted. The most recent video involved language and images that appeared to involve classrooms and depictions of people being shot. Another clip appeared to be a music video for a rap song, which ended with Crimo wearing protective gear and handling bullets in what appeared to be a classroom.
Under a rap pseudonym, which The edge declines to name, Crimo appears to have released several albums on Spotify and several EPs and singles on Apple Music, both of which went live on the evening of July 4. The tracks were then removed from both platforms. A Spotify spokesperson, who asked not to be named to discuss a sensitive situation, said the company made the decision to remove the content in partnership with its distributor.
The edge contacted all the platforms mentioned above for comments. YouTube, Instagram, Discord, Twitter and Apple did not respond to requests for comment. Social media posts suggest a TikTok account linked to Crimo may also have been deleted. TikTok also did not respond to a request for comment.
After the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York in May, it was quickly discovered that the suspect in that shooting discussed plans for his attack on a private Discord server. He also used Twitch to livestream his attack. Less than two weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it should be harder for states to impose gun restrictions.
Updated July 5 at 12:10 a.m. ET: The album under the Crimo rap moniker has now been removed from Spotify and Apple Music; this story has been updated with a comment from Spotify.