YouTube algorithm promotes fake news on Florida shooting

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As reported by the Washington Post, Hogg - who has made a name for himself by passionately calling for gun control since surviving the shooting - has been targeted by conspiracy theorists since his initial TV interviews discussing the mass shooter who gunned-down 17 people at his high school.

School shooting survivor David Hogg has decried Donald Trump Jr. for having "liked" a pair of tweets questioning his motives for wanting gun reform following last week's massacre in Parkland, Florida.

Hogg, who's rallied for tougher gun laws in the aftermath of the February 14 shooting, rejected the "disturbing" claims in an interview with CNN on Wednesday. "I'm not a crisis actor", Hogg said.

Conspiracy theorists have pointed to Hogg's admission during a TV interview that his father had retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and claimed the teen was being used to cover up the agency's failures to stop the gunman despite reports of his disturbing behavior.

A week following the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a conspiracy theory has emerged citing the survivor students appearing on news channels and interviews are not real students, but rather actors.

The video went viral and prompted many conspiracy theorists to speculate as to whether Hogg was a student or an actor.

The interviewer was in NY and Hogg was in Florida. the earpiece allows Hogg to hear the questions being asked to him.

One of the two tweets "liked by Donald Trump, Jr".

The video shows a local news clip about a confrontation between beachgoers and a lifeguard near Los Angeles. "I want to come out here on behalf of my city and my town and just spread the message on behalf of those who can't".

The title of the video in question, which YouTube pulled down at about 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, was "DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR".

In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday afternoon, Hogg said the rallies that were going on in Florida today were representative of people demanding change to gun safety laws and regulations.

An aide to a Florida state legislator actually told The Tampa Bay Times that Hogg and other student leaders are "not students but actors that travel to various crisis".

Donald Jr. also liked a tweet, written by The Daily Ledger host Graham Ledger, saying: "Could it be that this student is running cover for his dad who Works as an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent at the Miami field office Which botched tracking down the Man behind the Valentine day massacre?" Am I a witness? "The caption said 'David Hogg the actor, '" Lapowsky explained. The survivor ultimately proclaims that "we have a right to live just as we have a right to bear arms".

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