SANTA ANA, Calif.
— Sinclair Media is suspending its operations in California, citing the threat of violence from white supremacists who are using its media properties to promote racist and hateful content, according to a statement released Wednesday.
The company said it had reached out to law enforcement and social media platforms to work together to identify the individuals and groups behind the activity, but was unable to do so as of Wednesday afternoon.
The statement comes amid a surge in hate speech on social media and on Sinclair’s properties.
Earlier this month, a video posted on Facebook by a white supremacist group was viewed nearly 1.5 million times and shared more than 8 million times.
The video showed white supremacists holding a white flag with the words “KKK,” a slur for “white power,” as the group chanted “Black lives matter,” “White lives matter” and “We want our lives back.”