InfoWars' main YouTube channel is two strikes away from being banned

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YouTube has apologized for a top tending shooting conspiracy video that suggested one of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting survivors who has been instrumental in the student-driven gun control advocacy movement was an actor.

The Alex Jones Channel is one of several YouTube accounts linked to Mr. Jones, 44, a talk show host and publisher of the controversial InfoWars website frequently accused of propagating fake news and conspiracy theories. And a YouTube spokesperson told CNN, "Last summer we updated the application of our harassment policy to include hoax videos that target the victims of these tragedies".

The clip took screenshots of an interview Mr Hogg did with KCBS in order to falsely claim he and other students were "crisis actors".

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The channel, which is hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, posted a video about David Hogg, who survived the Valentines Day bloodshed which left 17 dead. The video was titled, "David Hogg Can't Remember His Lines In TV Interview". The channel has been in operation since 2008 and now boasts over 2.2 million subscribers. This week, Donald Trump Jr. even liked a tweet about the conspiracies.

The video, a rip of a local Los Angeles CBS segment, showed an interview from previous year with David Hogg, a student at the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week.

Conspiracy claims have spread across Facebook and Twitter and commentators have made jokes and claimed students are being "used" by anti-Trump press.

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YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the conspiracy video, or its policy for similar situations.

A version of the infringing video cited by CNN remained accessible on "War Room's" YouTube channel as of Friday afternoon. Speaking to CNN, Hogg said, "I'm not a crisis actor". "I was a witness to this", he said.

A New York Times piece examining the freaky instance which, sadly, remains common, revealed that the poster's further commentary on the video explicitly stated that those who spoke out in favor of gun control were "crisis actors".

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