YouTube Apologizes for Trending Conspiracy Video That Claimed Florida School Shooting Survivor is an Actor

After appearing as the No. 1 trending video for hours, YouTube finally removed a video that suggested one of the high school students who survived the Parkland, Fl. shooting last week was an actor.

In a statement to Fox News, a YouTube spokesperson said: “This video should never have appeared in Trending. Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source, our system misclassified it. As soon as we became aware of the video, we removed it from Trending and from YouTube for violating our policies. We are working to improve our systems moving forward.”

The title of the now-deleted video was “DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR…” The clip appears to show footage where Hogg was interviewed about a video he recorded in Redondo Beach, Calif.

In actuality, the video resurfaces content from summer 2017 when Hogg was interviewed about how a friend of his got into an argument with a lifeguard.

The video was uploaded by a user named Mike M. and was viewed more than 216,000 times prior to its removal.

A source familiar with the matter noted that while the footage was from “authoritative news sources,” the description violated YouTube’s policies and removed it as soon as the company was made aware of it.

Despite the removal of the video, a YouTube search for “David Hogg” done by Fox News still shows several videos that appear to portray Hogg as an actor and not as a survivor of a school shooting that left 17 people dead.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Chris Ciaccia