School shooting survivor knocks down 'crisis actor' claim

Gerald Herbert  AP

Gerald Herbert AP

But social media hasn't been the only place where the conspiracy theories have been propagated.

Hogg has recently become the target of several conspiracy theories spread by far-right outlets such as The Gateway Pundit and True Pundit, as well as through social-media accounts, that center on baseless claims that Hogg is an actor working in cahoots with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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. Some have even gone as far to suggest that the fact Hogg's father works for the Federal Bureau of Investigation is evidence that the entire thing is an anti-Trump opposed to simply students campaigning for political change that will bring a halt to America's school shooting epidemic.

Debunked and rebuked: conspiracy theories that claimed some of the students from the Parkland shooting are paid actors.

The title of the now-deleted video was "DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR". "David Hogg, crisis actor".

"So Called 'Student, ' But actually a CRISIS ACTOR, David Hogg, was on camera months ago, pretending to be a high school student in California", the user wrote. One of these showed student David Hogg, who has given several TV interviews since the attack.

A location for the account claims its geotag is a city in Russian Federation, but CNN can not verify that. The photo of that David Hogg, however, bears no resemblance to the student.

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

"This video should never have appeared in Trending", YouTube told Motherboard in a statement.

The caption on the video called him an "actor".

YouTube does not have humans curating which videos appear in the Trending list. The interviewer was in NY and Hogg was in Florida. the earpiece allows Hogg to hear the questions being asked to him. "Repeat violations, however, will".

"I am not a crisis actor", he said.

These young people have grown up with social media and are familiar with its vitriol, as well as its power.

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Hoaxes and conspiracy theories fully mature once the conspiracy establishment finds and publishes them. He has been sucked into the vortex of internet conspiracies that inevitably seize on these types of events, as happened after the Las Vegas mass shooting in October and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012.

People stood up and cheered Guttenberg as he challenged Rubio to tell him the truth, to acknowledge that "guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids". But Jones still insists Hogg and others are crisis actors.

"These mass shootings - who would fake these?" Searches for Hogg's name were still surfacing other conspiracy videos, but most of these now appear to have been removed.

Another video shows Hogg stumbling over his words in a pretaped CNN interview. Gateway Pundit's White House correspondent, Lucian Wintrich, tweeted.

The post was shared more than 100,000 times.

President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., liked a tweet linking to a story suggesting Hogg was not a survivor of the attack.

Thompson says politics also play a role.

Immediately, these students-turned-activists threw up some red flags.

Not only is there no credible evidence to support this claim, plenty of evidence contradicts it entirely.

The conspiracy claims have no basis in fact. Jones has claimed the parents of the children killed that day are lying.

"This video has been removed for violating YouTube's policy on harassment and bullying", a note replacing the clip read Wednesday afternoon. "These are not bad people, they created them because they thought, 'OK, if Facebook, if YouTube are the new way that people are getting their news today, we can have something akin to the front page, ' and that becomes this trending section".

CNN also identified three similar YouTube videos from InfoWars and asked if they also violated YouTube's policies.

Israel said he made the decision after reviewing video surveillance and interviewing witnesses, including the deputy himself.

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