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

25 February, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Larry Hoffman
  • A bizarre Parkland conspiracy video topped YouTube's trending list

"This video should never have appeared in Trending", a YouTube spokesperson told Fox News.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Unsurprisingly, InfoWars is describing YouTube's actions as censorship, but there's a more pressing concern for The Alex Jones Channel and other InfoWars channels - they run the risk of being closed down entirely.

The falsely re-captioned video reached #1 on YouTube's trending videos list and stayed there until it was removed from the site, apparently manually rather than systemically.

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The infringing video, "David Hogg Can't Remember His Lines In TV Interview", suggested the student was "coached" in interviews he gave after surviving the February 14 school shooting that resulted in 14 deaths in more than a dozen injuries.

The host, whose channel has received over a billion views and 2.2 million subscribers, has suggested the Sandy Hook school shooting of 20 young children was staged, that the September 11 attacks of 2001 was an inside job and that the baseless reports about Hillary Clinton being part of a Washington pizzeria child sex abuse ring warrant serious investigation.

Mr Hogg has become a target for a number of false conspiracy theories in the far-right media accusing him of being paid to play a victim of the shooting in order to push an anti-gun agenda. After three violations of its official policies about appropriate content within three months, YouTube removes a channel. "Any video flagged to us that violates this policy is reviewed and then removed".

A version of the infringing video cited by CNN remained accessible on "War Room's" YouTube channel as of Friday afternoon.

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If the account receives two more strikes in three months, it will be terminated.

When you violate YouTube's Community Guidelines, the offending content is taken down and you're issued a strike.

YouTube, Alex Jones and Infowars didn't immediately return messages seeking comment. Of Parkland, he acknowledges that "real people were shot".

Hogg addressed the claims that he was a crises actor in an interview with CNN.

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