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YouTube removes conspiracy video suggesting survivor of Parkland school shooting is actor

23 February 2018, 02:09 | Katrina Lee

YouTube removes conspiracy video suggesting survivor of Parkland school shooting is actor

Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg

YouTube has now removed a video that falsely insinuated David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and vocal advocate for gun control following the recent mass shooting, is an actor.

Despite the removal of the video, a YouTube search for "David Hogg" done by Fox News still shows several videos that appear to portray Hogg as an actor and not as a survivor of a school shooting that left 17 people dead. 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.

"I'm not a crisis actor", Hogg told CNN's Anderson Cooper on "AC360" Tuesday. "I am a witness to this".

Earlier, the Gateway Pundit blog claimed that the articulate young activist has been "coached" and was "merely reading from a script". She said her husband, a Republican, worked for the FBI as an agent at airports in Los Angeles and Florida before retiring from the bureau in October 2016. "This video should never have appeared in Trending", a spokesperson said. In October, YouTube said it would change its algorithm to elevate authoritative news sources after hoaxes quickly dominated the site after the Las Vegas shooting. At one point, the No. 1 trending video on YouTube was a video suggesting that Hogg was an actor, but the video has since been removed.

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Some social media users took the claim further and said that Hogg actually graduated from Redondo Shores High School in California. "Am I an actor? No". Hogg's name and photo are in the 2017 Marjory Stoneman Douglas Yearbook, proving he's an active student.

Hogg became the target of some of the conspiracy stories after he mentioned in one interview that his father was a retired FBI agent, allowing the online narrative to merge with ongoing attacks against the bureau.

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Low growth rates and dwindling investor confidence were compounded by two credit agencies downgrading the economy to junk status. The South African currency, the rand, reaching its strongest levels in three years - at 11.6570 rand for $1 in early trading.

According to a survey, over the past 5 years, there have been nearly 300 school shootings which includes 15 this year across the country that have been mostly carried out by teenage white boys especially the ones that made national and global headlines like The Sandy Hook school shootings back in 2012 to The North Park Elementary School Shooting in San Bernardino, California last year.

Students and teachers who survived the shooting will meet the President at the White House on Wednesday to discuss ways of improving school safety and addressing gun violence.

Some claim he's an actor planted by CNN.

The wild allegations online have also taken on a more unsafe tone, she said.

"It's immature rude and inhuman for these people to destroy the people trying to prevent the death of the future of America because they won't", David told BuzzFeed news. What were you doing in LA David?' said one.

He said he thinks Americans should be able to own a gun if they are mentally stable, don't have previous major convictions and are "not going to go out and commit these atrocities".

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