Trending YouTube video calls Florida school shooting survivor an 'actor'

How to spot fake news

How to spot fake news

"Guys, I'm not an actor", Hogg told Inside Edition Wednesday. They have repeatedly detailed their harrowing experience to national news networks, many calling for stricter gun control laws while decrying US President Donald Trump for not doing enough to protect students. Another was the target of conspiracy theorists who claimed he was really an actor. Am I a witness?

Just months after YouTube promised to clamp down on "bad actors", a video promoting a conspiracy theory about a Parkland, Florida school shooting survivor was briefly the top trending item on the site Wednesday morning.

'We are working to improve our systems moving forward'.

Postings skeptical of the news reports about the Parkland shooting began appearing on 4 Chan just hours after, police said, a former student rampaged through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. "How interesting to hear students who can't support themselves for one day giving us lectures about American social policy", he tweeted early on Tuesday.

David Hogg reported what was happening as he and his classmates hid from the shooter.

YouTube promoted a conspiracy theory video that claims one of the Florida school shooting survivors is a paid actor. "We're committed to making more improvements throughout 2018 to make these tools faster, better and more useful to users", the representative said. "I'm not a crisis actor", he told Anderson Cooper on CNN Tuesday.

The aide was sacked, and the Broward County School District said Hogg and his classmate are "absolutely students at Stoneman Douglas".

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The video, which received more than 200,000 views in about 12 hours, was copied and re-uploaded by a YouTube user named "mike m", who wrote new caption: "DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR ..."

What's more, Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times, both Hogg and Gonzalez are students at the school. Hogg, a Sun Sentinel Teenlink reporter, conducted interviews with students during the shooting and has been seen on CNN and CBS.

YouTube said in a statement that hoax videos targeting families involved in major tragedies violate its harassment policy and will be removed.

"I just think it's a testament to the sick immaturity and broken state of our government when these people feel the need to pedal conspiracy theories about people that were in a school shooting where 17 people died and it just makes me sick", he said. "I have to keep going".

The video in question used clips from local news reports, which is one of the reasons it slipped through the cracks on the platform. "This is the way I have to grieve", González told The New York Times.

D'Souza said Tarr appeared "coached and also a bit deranged", adding, "Trump's (sic) should ignore these media-manufactured theatrics". It says it is not possible to review each and every new post manually.

"They've been through one of the most disgusting things imaginable and whatever they're doing in response to it is itself an act of bravery", said Jones, who studies online behaviors.

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