They typically start on the fringes of social media, where internet users allege the events are carefully staged in order to achieve some sort of political goal. He interviewed his classmates during the shooting, and has spoken passionately to various news outlets in the days since. "Without those people saying that we would not have as many people here".
"Someone like Alex Jones (of the Infowars website) can amplify the most effective conspiracy theories and spread them to a large audience", Nyhan said. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High have been sharing their yearbook online to prove otherwise.
On YouTube, a video featuring one conspiracy theory reached the top of its "Trending" clips list and was viewed more than 200,000 times before the company admitted its filtering of news had not functioned as intended and it blocked the video.
Hogg, the high school's student news director, has been among the most vocal students.
"They've been through one of the most frightful things imaginable and whatever they're doing in response to it is itself an act of bravery", said Jones, who studies online behaviors. Their objective is to role-play disaster victims in emergency drills to train first responders practicing for real emergency procedures.
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The video has since been removed by YouTube because it violated the platform's harassment and bullying policies, however it's since been uploaded by multiple other users across several sites. "We've seen improvements, but in some circumstances these changes are not working quickly enough". At publication time, the top three search results for "David Hogg" on the video sharing site weren't related to the student speaking up to combat mass shootings.
On Tuesday night, CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Hogg to respond to the tweets, which accused him of attacking the NRA and Republicans as a way of defending his father, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.
He added, "I'm not acting on anybody's behalf". "I witnessed this event".
Some even suggested David's dad, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, coached his son to criticise President Donald Trump - an allegation that Donald Trump Jr. appeared to endorse on Twitter.
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"It's unbelievable to me that people are saying this, and the fact that Donald Trump Jr. liked that post is disgusting to me, but it's also false, in terms of the sense that--these people keep saying that I'm anti-Second Amendment". The tweet reaped 8,300 retweets and a like from Donald Trump Jr. Links proliferated on 4chan, where users have gleefully embraced the conspiracy theories and mocked the victims.
Hogg, a Sun Sentinel Teenlink reporter, conducted interviews with students during the shooting and has been seen on CNN and CBS.
I'd be remiss not pointing out the charge leveled against student survivor David Hogg. Up until the reposting of the video featuring Hogg, the account had fewer than a dozen videos and fewer than 1,000 followers.
YouTube did not respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.
It goes without saying that pushing a insane conspiracy theory for your own gains in the wake of a tragedy is devoid of humanity.
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