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YouTube, Instagram, Discord, and Twitter swiftly pulled social media accounts that appeared to be associated with Robert Crime III, a person suspected of the Chicago suburb shooting that claimed the lives of six and numerous injured in the early hours of this afternoon. With two different aliases, Crime seems to have posted more than a dozen videos on YouTube and was the host of the Discord channel dubbed “SS,” which was accessible to the public via an invitation link.

Cremo’s YouTube account had not posted anything in about eight months, before the report was shut down. Most recently, the video featured explicit language, classes, and pictures of people being killed. Another video appeared to be a music video of a rap tune and ended with Crime being in safety gear and holding a gun in what appears to be the classroom. The YouTube representative Farshad Shadloo confirmed that “violative content” was removed after the shooting.

Under a rap alias that Crime appeared to have released multiple albums on Spotify and a number of singles and EPs on Apple Music, both of which remained available into the evening of July 4th. The tracks were removed from both services. The Spotify spokesperson, who requested not to be identified over the sensitive issue, stated that the company decided to delete the content through a partnership with their distributor.

Instagram, Discord, Twitter, and Apple have not responded to requests for comments. Posts on social media suggest that a TikTok account connected to Crime might have been deleted too. TikTok did not even respond to a request to comment.

Following the shooting massacre in Buffalo, New York, in May, it was discovered that the suspect responsible for the shooting had discussed plans for his attack over an anonymous Discord server. The suspect also made use of Twitch to stream live his assault. Just two weeks ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that it is not as easy for states to impose gun restrictions.

Update on July 5th, 12:10 am ET: This album released under the alias of Cremo’s rapper is now taken off Spotify and Apple Music; this story has been updated with a statement by Spotify.

Update, On July 5th at 12:27 pm ETYouTube verified that it had removed its content after the shooting.

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