InfoWars one step closer to YouTube ban after Florida conspiracy theory video

  • InfoWars one step closer to YouTube ban after Florida conspiracy theory video

InfoWars one step closer to YouTube ban after Florida conspiracy theory video

CNN reached out to YouTube after identifying three more instances of InfoWars pushing hoaxes on its account, and YouTube confirmed it would investigate.

In the wake of the February 14 shooting rampage that left 17 dead, Hogg became one of the leading student voices advocating for gun reform via social media and during many TV interviews.

The now-deleted controversial video that prompted YouTube to apologize was uploaded by a user named Mike M. and resurfaces content from the video Hogg filmed during the lifeguard confrontation, Fox News noted.

YouTube's number-one trending video this morning was based on a false conspiracy theory suggesting a survivor of the Parkland high school shooting is an actor.

Hogg addressed the conspiracies during an interview with CNN.

The term refers to people who are paid to play disaster victims in emergency drills.

On social media, the interview from previous year is being pointed to as "evidence" to suggest that Hogg is a "crisis actor", a regular theme of conspiracists, who believe actors appear at the sites of tragedies. With 2.2 million subscribers, any limitations placed on the channel would have a big impact. "Any video flagged to us that violates this policy is reviewed and then removed".

CNN has sent repeated inquiries to YouTube on the outcome of that review, but has not received a response. If one more violations occur in the next three months, the channel will be limited; if two more occur, it will be shut completely.

If the account receives two more strikes in three months, it will be terminated.

Alex Jones' conspiracy-theory-heavy InfoWars has been censured by YouTube for violating its policies. Of Parkland, he acknowledges that "real people were shot".

Responding to the wild claims, Hogg bluntly told CNN: "I am not a crisis actor".

CORRECTION: The headline of this piece has been updated to more accurately reflect the fact that InfoWars' main YouTube channel is two strikes away from being banned from YouTube.