However, YouTube pulled the video only after it was viewed tens of thousands of times, and it has subsequently been reposted multiple times. Still a bunch of results right now on YouTube for videos suggesting David Hogg was an actor, or worse—that he somehow set up the shooter pic. In the wake of this latest tragedy, which left 17 people dead at the school in Parkland, YouTube still seemed caught by surprise by the rise of another video meant to peddle a baseless theory. He pointed to comments on the site that claimed Mr. Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy. Links to the video proliferated on 4chan, where users have gleefully embraced the conspiracy theories and mocked the shooting victims. We are working to improve our systems moving forward.
In December, Google announced it was hiring thousands of new moderators after facing widespread criticism for allowing child abuse videos and other offensive content to flourish on YouTube.
YouTube promotes conspiracy videos attacking Florida's shooting survivors
That gives YouTube and its parent company, Googlemore direct motivation to clamp down on potentially offensive content than Facebook, where advertising is not as closely linked to any particular piece of content. Moreover, a video with the same title and making the same argument is still viewable on War Room, another YouTube channel affiliated with InfoWars. As soon as we became aware of the video, we removed it from Trending and from YouTube for violating our policies. Hogg addressed the explosion of conspiracy theories head-on. That reality, however, seems lost on Jones and InfoWars, who are spinning their reprimand as yet another conspiracy. It was not the first time that YouTube had served not just as a source of fringe conspiracy theories, but as an accomplice in their rapid spread. Morris February 24,