Conspiracy theorists find Florida student activists too good to be true
Feb 23, 2018, 02:20
"The fact that these people are being critical of me as a witness and personally as a victim.it's unbelievable", Hogg said before arguing that students at his high school showed more maturity than some elected officials.
Others on Twitter claimed that Hogg is 26 and was once arrested in SC.
"They see us as a threat".
Conspiracy theories claiming that the students who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last week are "crisis actors" have spread like wildfire across social media platforms - despite the repeated promises of Big Tech to crack down on fake news.
Stuart Rothenberg, a political analyst in Washington, said the students were articulate, compelling, and had been clever in sticking to a bipartisan approach.
"Guys, I'm not an actor", Hogg told Inside Edition Wednesday. This week, Donald Trump Jr. even liked a tweet about the conspiracies.
The newsreport was unrelated to the shooting: CBS Los Angeles did a piece in August about an altercation between one of Hogg's friends and a lifeguard on a California beach.
Hogg was joined by many of his classmates in meeting with elected officials at the Florida capitol to discuss changes to gun laws and mental health funding.
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Kevin Hogg told Cooper that "my career has been flawless". These allegations were quickly proven false as well, when a current Parkland student pointed out the Douglas School t-shirt from the so called "La School yearbook".
"You have the same three or four tropes that get floated again and again", said Whitney Phillips, a Mercer University professor who studies the relationship between online trolling and mainstream culture.
Google, which owns YouTube, said in a statement Wednesday that it had removed several videos related to Hogg for violating company policy on harassment.
Other videos uploaded to YouTube by the same user who posted the previously trending video - including one titled "David Hogg Can't Remember His Lines When Interviewed for Florida school shooting" - have also been removed.
Piero Guerra, a 16-year-old junior, who considered himself a gun-rights supporter before the shooting, said he can understand why some people are angry with the students' efforts.
On social media, the interview from past year is being pointed to as "evidence" to suggest that Hogg is a "crisis actor", a regular theme of conspiracists, who believe actors appear at the sites of tragedies.
"These people saying this is absolutely disturbing and I'm not an actor in any sense, way, shape, or form. But grief organized for the cameras-politically orchestrated grief-strikes me as phony & inauthentic", he continued on Twitter.
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