The 19-year-old accused of shooting and killing eight people inside and around the FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, was reportedly a part of the adult following of My Little Pony.
Facebook reportedly took down two accounts connected with Brandon Scott Hole of Indiana, who is accused of opening fire at the facility before killing himself.
None of the information gleaned from the accounts revealed any clear motive for the shooting, but he was a part of the internet subculture of users who called themselves “bronies,” which is based on the children’s cartoon series My Little Pony, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The terminology comes from a combination of “ponies” and the slang word “bro.”
“Brony online culture has displayed elements of far-right and white nationalist extremism,” an internal memo from Facebook read, the Wall Street Journal reported.
There was a post timestamped less than an hour before the shooting that read, “I hope that I can be with Applejack in the afterlife, my life has no meaning without her,” and it featured an image of the cartoon pony Applejack.
Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
Hole, a former employee, was placed in a mental health facility by law enforcement in 2020 after his mother contacted the police to report that he might try to commit “suicide by cop,” which is when a suicidal person provokes law enforcement officers to shoot at the individual.
I hope the FBI didn’t, you know, do mind control on him while he was in a government-run mental health facility.
But I think we can all rest assured that the federal government would never use mind control on anyone.
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