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: