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InfoWars' Presence On YouTube Could Be Threatened After Parkland Conspiracy Videos

InfoWars' Presence On YouTube Could Be Threatened After Parkland Conspiracy Videos
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Updated 4 months ago

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, the pressure is on for social media platforms to crack down on fake news and hate speech. On Wednesday, YouTube removed one video for violating its policies on harassment and bullying. Titled "David Hogg Can't Remember His Lines In TV Interview," the video was created by InfoWars, a far-right media outlet run by Alex Jones. The video features host Owen Shroyer, pictured above.

InfoWars is notorious for promoting outrageous conspiracy theories, including the idea that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting never occurred. The new video originally appeared on Jones' channel, the organization's main page. It seeks to discredit Parkland school shooting survivors who are protesting in support of stricter gun laws, and falsely claims they are "crisis actors."

Jones' channel received one strike for the video. Three strikes within a three month period will result in the channel's termination. 

Commenters decried InfoWars:

In a CNN article, a spokesperson from YouTube explained their policy:

Last summer we updated the application of our harassment policy to include hoax videos that target the victims of these tragedies. Any video flagged to us that violates this policy is reviewed and then removed.
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Before YouTube removed it, the video was trending at #1. It's actually still available on another one of InfoWars' feeds called War Room. Some people debated whether YouTube's removal of such videos is an infringement of the first amendment.

But most seemed to be in agreement:

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