losangelesnewstoday.com May 20, 2018

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.

Why does Donald Trump want to move the U.S. embassy in Israel? People have accused them of being paid to travel to the site to act as victims. We're committed to making more improvements throughout 2018 to make these tools faster, better and more useful to users.

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.

South Africa parliament to elect Ramaphosa as president
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".

Other News

Trending Now

Weather service issues flood watch for Tuesday and Wednesday
If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you should be taking protective action now to keep you and your family safe. The potholes on numerous roads may also be filled with water, which also requires motorists to slow down in some areas.

Arming some teachers would stop school shootings 'instantly'
So let's be strong for the fallen who don't have a voice to speak anymore, and let's never let this happen again. One of the most emotional moments came when Andrew Pollack , whose daughter Meadow (18) was killed, spoke.

FA Cup Draw: A favorable quarterfinal match is possible for Spurs
They came from behind to hold Juventus on Tuesday night in the Champions League round of 16 tie at Allianz Stadium, just three days after edging past Arsenal in the Premier League.

Facebook to release its own smart home speakers in July 2018
The company seems to have signed deals with Sony and Universal Music, which may add more features into the smart speakers. Apple has launched " HomePod ", Amazon has "Echo" smart home speaker series, while Google offers "Home" and "Home Mini".

Freezing rain causes slick road conditions
This is bringing a return to winter conditions, with freezing rain likely holding off for several more hours. Tuesday: Rain showers likely possibly mixing with freezing rain after noon, then gradually ending.

Canada started in the Olympic hockey tournament with victory over Switzerland
The Americans will face Slovakia on Friday. "We're not searching for the inner strength anymore", USA captain Meghan Duggan said. Ben Scrivens got the start in the Canadian net and made 27 saves for the win. "If you try to play safe, you're dead".

Bubba Watson 'close' to retiring but now back in Masters mix
Or was it his caddie Ted Scott? Durant's last win on the Champions Tour was the 3M Championship in Minneapolis on August 7, 2016. European - Joost Luiten won the inaugural Oman Open in Muscat, to break a title drought of almost 17 months.

Football Coach Died Protecting Students During Florida School Shooting
Former co-workers remembered Feis on Facebook, with one writing that the security staff had run into Cruz before. Feis began coaching at Douglas in 2002, where he spent 8 years as the head coach of the junior varsity team.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS - road-legal racer reloaded
The UK mag adds that the new GT3 RS has the same spring rates front and rear as the turbocharged GT2 RS, launched in July 2017 . Porsche Motorsport began development of the new 911 GT3 RS not long after it started working on the GT2 RS , and it shows.

I don't understand Ozil clash comments — Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Not only do they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final this Sunday, but they host the league-leaders next Thursday. That is why Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are not being rushed back tonight, although they are in contention for Sunday.