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Infowars YouTube account is two strikes away from a ban

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| 25 February, 2018, 00:46

InfoWars, a far-right media organization run by Alex Jones and known for peddling unfounded conspiracy theories, is on thin ice with YouTube after it posted a video that portrayed the survivors of the Parkland school shooting as actors.

Kelly referred to a conspiracy video on YouTube that appeared to include news clips of David Hogg being interviewed about a confrontation with a lifeguard that occurred in California, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The video, a rip of a local Los Angeles CBS segment, showed an interview from a year ago with David Hogg, a student at the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

That video focused on David Hogg, a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Hogg has become the subject of fringe online conspiracies, which have pointed to his father, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, as "proof" that his interviews are disingenuous.

Mr Hogg was forced to defend himself on CNN after a tweet about the conspiracy theory was "liked" by Donald Trump Jr.


Conspiracy claims have spread across Facebook and Twitter and commentators have made jokes and claimed students are being "used" by anti-Trump press.

But that obvious fact didn't keep YouTuber "mike m" from uploading a video with the caption that Hogg was an actor. The most popular, which was removed at around 11AM Eastern time, appeared to be a simple re-upload of the local news segment, but the description makes its objective clear: "DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR".

A YouTube account operated by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is reportedly close to being shut down upon running afoul of the platform's harassment policies after last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. "In addition, past year we updated the application of our harassment policy to include hoax videos that target the victims of these tragedies".

Hogg addressed the conspiracies during an interview with CNN. "It's unbelievable to me that people are saying this", he said.

"You've got scripted anti-gun kids with their parents on TV, young adults, high schoolers, high school seniors, and I can't say, look at this bumbling, scripted interview?" "I'm someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to [have] to do that".

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