YouTube removes video that fuels Parkland shooting conspiracy theory


"I was a witness to this". The Gateway Pundit, a site that has promoted debunked conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton in the past, accused Parkland students of plotting with liberal activists "to further anti-Conservative rhetoric and an anti-gun agenda".

Shortly before the town hall event opened, the sheriff of the Florida county torn apart by the rampage spoke to the cheering audience, drawing them to their feet as he exhorted them to press on for stricter gun controls. The tweet reaped 8,300 retweets and a like from Donald Trump Jr. Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source, our system misclassified it", a spokeswoman for Google " s YouTube wrote in an emailed statement.

The conspiracy theories about Hogg grew from a combination of facts and falsehoods, mixed together with authentic photos and videos collected online, making it more hard for the algorithms on social media platforms to detect false information. One clip briefly became YouTube's No 1 trending video on Wednesday. According to The New York Times, videos after last summer's Las Vegas shooting questioned the killer's motives with "discredited and unproven information".

They typically start on the fringes of social media, where internet users allege the events are carefully staged in order to achieve some sort of political objective. Hogg's father is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent - a detail that conspiracy theorists pounced on because the Federal Bureau of Investigation is facing criticism for not investigating tips that were made about the Parkland shooter. Since the shooting, Hogg and other student survivors have become vocal advocates for gun control in the United States.

How are Parkland students responding?

Either he has been "coached" by his father, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent; or he is a "pawn" for anti-gun campaigners; or, the most far-fetched, he is not a victim but a "crisis actor", paid to travel to disaster sites to argue against stricter gun laws.

"Never again!" he declared of the Parkland attack, exhorting the young people to press on: "America's watching you ... there will be change".

I know, it's very South Park.

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Youtube said the video's place on the site's top trending section was an error.

The trending video had more than 200,000 views on YouTube before it was removed on Wednesday for violating its policy. Less than two hours later, he said in a tweet that Kelly had been fired, and apologized to grieving families for any pain Kelly's actions caused.

YouTube, as any number of platforms have been waking up to in recent months, puts effort into acquiring users and keeping them addicted - but little thought into what behaviour it is fostering by doing so.

Guillaume Chaslot, a former YouTube engineer who worked on the recommendation algorithm, says YouTube recommends conspiracy theories with abnormal frequency, in part because its algorithm favors links that encourage people to watch longer.

Numerous videos have now been removed at the time of writing.

What do you think of the conspiracy theory?

Uploaded on 20 February by a "mike. m", the video tapped into percolating conspiracies that numerous survivors of last week's shooting were "crisis actors" hired by left-wing activists to promote certain agendas. "Images that attack the victims of last week's tragedy in Florida are abhorrent", said Mary deBree, head of content policy for Facebook.