David Hogg Denies Conspiracy Theories That He's A "Crisis Actor"

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A survivor of the Florida shooting has denied he is a "crisis actor" after Donald Trump Jr appeared to endorse an article which labelled the student a "Trump-hater".

They have since become the subject of conspiracy theories falsely claiming they are actors who were coached ahead of their television appearances.

Hogg and his classmates have come out in force of stricter gun control following the massacre that killed 17 students and staff members of the high school last week.

Hogg goes on to reveal how he's "not a crisis actor".

YouTube told news network CNN: "Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source, our system misclassified it".

"This video has been removed for violating YouTube's policy on harassment and bullying", a note replacing the clip read Wednesday afternoon.

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But because it was taken six months before the shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was filmed in a different state, conspiracy theorists deduced that it was proof Hogg is an actor who has been hired to speak around the country.

Even first son Donald Trump Jr. 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.

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But the caption claimed that David, 17, was not a student, but an "actor".

Hogg told CNN that despite what his critics say, he's not against the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects people's right to bear arms.

Russian bots targeted David Hogg, a survivor of the Florida school shooting. But in the hands of the conspiracy theorists, it became "evidence", circulated to call into question anything Hogg or his friends said or did.

"I need to make these people's voices heard so that they don't die in vain", said Hogg.

When asked about why further baseless conspiracy videos were widely available by searching its platform, the YouTube spokesperson explained that the site's recently changed search algorithm is not always accurate.

Searching Hogg's name on YouTube also pulled up a large quantity of other conspiracy videos perpetuating the idea that he was a paid actor who was hired to help dismantle U.S. legal rights to bear arms.

"I want every American to be able to own a gun that has a mentally stable mind - a person that has a credible background, that doesn't have any previous like major convictions, and somebody that's not going to go out and commit these atrocities, because those are the people that are at fault here", he said.

Boldrick said her husband, David Hogg, is a Republican who worked as an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent at airports in Los Angeles and Florida before retiring in October 2016 due to early-onset Parkinson's disease.

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