YouTube removes videos suggesting Parkland shooting survivor was an actor

A top trending video on YouTube suggesting an outspoken survivor of the Parkland school shooting is actually a "crisis actor" has been taken off the video platform.

YouTube removed the video later on Wednesday morning following several critical news stories and tweets.

David Hogg has been subject to online conspiracy theories that he was not a genuine survivor of the Parkland school shooting.

Thousands of students staged walkouts across Florida Wednesday as thousands more rallied in the state capital of Tallahassee, calling for tougher gun control laws.

Some even suggested David's dad, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, coached his son to criticise President Donald Trump - an allegation that Donald Trump Jr. appeared to endorse on Twitter.

The news report was unrelated to the shooting: CBS Los Angeles did a piece in August about an altercation between one of Hogg's friends and a lifeguard on a California beach.

YouTube removed a trending conspiracy video titled "David Hogg Can't Remember His Lines." showing Hogg stopping to collect his thoughts and repeating answers to questions about the shooting, but many similar videos are still available. In a statement, YouTube said its system "misclassified" the video because it featured footage from a reputable news broadcast.

"As soon as we became aware of the video, we removed it from Trending and from YouTube for violating our policies", the YouTube spokesperson confirmed. "We are working to improve our systems moving forward".

A woman breaks down during a vigil for the victims of last Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "That's not okay, and that's not acceptable and we need to fix that".

"There is a large portion of America that will not believe things that are said by mainstream outlets no matter how fact-checked and how accurate because the president for political reasons has said they're not true", said Thompson.

Numerous comments on the video uploaded by "mike. m" accuse George Soros and news network CNN of planting Hogg at the scene to vilify gun ownership. "I'm the son of a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, and that is true, but as such, it is also true that I went to, that I go to Stoneman Douglas High School", Hogg said. "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.

On CNN on Tuesday, Hogg disputed the outrageous claims.

The truth: "They don't think anything bad ever happens, they don't think anyone ever gets hurt", Len Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed in the shooting, told CNN in 2016.

"I'm under so much stress", she said describing her state a week after the shooting.

D'Souza said Tarr appeared "coached and also a bit deranged", adding, "Trump's (sic) should ignore these media-manufactured theatrics". They hark back to "a high-level narrative, which is the media is lying. and you can't trust anything you see".

It and many others claim to "expose" Hogg as a "crisis actor", the term conspiracy theorists use to discount firsthand accounts by people in news stories that they insist are hoaxes.

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