YouTube Apologizes For Promoting Video That Fueled "Florida Shooting Conspiracy"

Alphabet proved once again on Wednesday that the algorithms it relies on to promote "credible" content while burying videos produced by "unreliable" (read: conservative or antiestablishment) sources are far from perfect.

As Bloomberg reported, gun-control advocates heaped criticism upon YouTube after it promoted a video with a title that suggested a teenage survivor of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. was a paid actor. The teen, David Hogg, has been making the media rounds since the shooting, even turning down an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump in favor of attending a CNN-hosted town hall.

The video shows David Hogg, a student who has spoken out for gun control after the attack that killed 17 in Parkland, Florida, in a Los Angeles TV news clip from last summer. A description of the video read, "DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR...." Below the video, YouTube’s algorithm suggested viewers watch a clip with similar claims. The first video spent several hours at the top of YouTube’s "Trending" section before being removed on Wednesday.

But not only did the video make it into the trending section, it was briefly the No. 1 top trending video in the entire US.


"This video should never have appeared in Trending. Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source, our system misclassified it," a spokeswoman for Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube wrote in an emailed statement. "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."

Of course, Congress last year exacted promises from Google, Facebook and Twitter to do a better job cracking down on suspicious or disingenuous content after discovering that a Russian troll farm that has since been indicted spent less than a quarter million dollars to "sow chaos" by posting hysterical or otherwise salacious content on their platforms that OCCASIONALLY included posts with a pro-Trump slant.

Since then, Google in particular has implemented several policy changes aimed at stamping out misinformation - or at least information that doesn't agree with the dominant cultural assumptions in Silicon Valley. It also introduced what the company described as measures that would help more credible news sources become more visible.

The footage in the Hogg video that triggered YouTube's algorithm first appeared on CBS, though it was uploaded as part of an apparently unauthorized video.

Of course, just because claims that Hogg is a paid actor have been effectively debunked, doesn't mean observers should take every word uttered by the teenage survivor as gospel. Just like all people, Hogg has biases and - in this case - he has several that deserve to be pointed out.

As Hogg revealed to CNN (and SHTFplan pointed out) the anti-gun activist's father is a former FBI agent.

"I think it’s disgusting, personally. My father’s a retired FBI agent and the FBI are some of the hardest working individuals I have ever seen in my life," proclaimed David Hogg to CNN. "It’s wrong that the president is blaming them for this."

Knowing this paints his anti-Trump advocacy in a whole new light.

As SHTFplan says...

Our job is not to tell you what to think, but to present information so you can come to your own conclusions. Does this look like a child of a former FBI agent is being used as a pawn in the war against the people to curb the rights of those who literally committed no crime?  You decide.

Hogg will appear on CNN tonight with several of his classmates to debate the NRA's Dana Loesch and several other anti-gun control activists.


JimmyJones Mark Urbo Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:37 Permalink

And with that Youtube gave us very good info "Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source" we now know one way to dupe YouTubes bot.

I wonder what department in the FBI Hogg's father worked in?  When was he hired?  Who did he work under?  If the kid want's to push a political agenda be prepared to be put under the microscope.

And it gets weirder people, here is Hogg at CNN's studio with his mother back in 2016…

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macholatte Shitonya Serfs Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:40 Permalink


Can we please just call it what it is:

The Progs never let up. They do anything and everything to alter the mind set of the Sheeple without any consequences to them.

"Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously [the lie and the truth], and accepting both of them [Insanity]... with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth... Those who have the best knowledge of what is happening are also those who are furthest from seeing the world as it is; in general the greater the understanding the greater the delusion; the more intelligent the less sane... If one is to rule, and to continue ruling, one must be able to dislocate the sense of reality... If human equality is to be forever averted; if the "high," as we have called them, are to keep their places permanently; then the prevailing mental condition must be controlled insanity..."
George Orwell — 1984


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techpriest wildbad Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:25 Permalink

From the development world...

I do development work for a living, and I think that once we get the right kind of business model for cheap video uploads, we will not be far off from having as many video sites as needed.

Also, education is moving away from Youtube because the algorithm is pushing all of the good content down (you have to release often to stay up, and you can't do well-produced content daily). Its time for more of us to get some technical literacy and get the Youtube exodus going.


Edited to add - downstream, I see there is a now. Great Stuff

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Oliver Klozoff Sir Edge Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:24 Permalink

Agreed, long overdue.

They are going about their agenda as though Trump isn't even there. If I was Don, THAT would piss me off.

What gets me is how they, like the serial murderers they are, like to taunt the "authorities" with clues to the guilt of their crimes.

The tip off, of course, for this one is location. Marjory Stoneman Douglas was an activist devoted to being against draining the swamp.

This is NOT coincidental at all, rather a taunt.

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Redhotfill Ignatius Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:39 Permalink

If there isn't footage of anyone getting off'ed them I'm going with the Capstone Exercise no one died route.  Its legal to run a drill It's legal for the cops to lie to you like they did at the press conference the next day, its not legal to fake / fabricate coroner's reports which should be public records.  So unless I see coroner's reports NO ONE DIED.  Just like Sandy Hoax NO ONE DIED.  Which is why they want the buildings torn down. 

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Nameshavebeenc… shankster Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:54 Permalink

David Hogg went to HS in Redondo Shores CA and graduated in 2015. This has been exposed by several people that went to HS with him. He got an internship with CNN in 2016. 
He also magically appears on previous news broadcasts in LA a year or two ago.

He's a paid crisis actor and nothing more. 

Plus at least 2 people said on early news reports that they were standing with Cruz when the shooting started. He was unarmed at the time. 

Parkland is just another false flag.

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SethPoor Freddie Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:08 Permalink

Shows "A" yearbook; not "the actual" yearbook.  They ran an effective deep finesse on you guys.  Just like they planted fake evidence for Jim Garrison when he was too close to busting the Kennedy murder. Now they have discredited all you guys who fell for the plant.

For sure Hogg is a stinking phony. The event was clearly a hoax. BUT so was this bullshit 2015 High School grad story. Hoggwash

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JethroBodien Freddie Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:45 Permalink

Be careful everyone.  That USANews video link doesn't show the full video.  David Hogg does actually attend Parkland school

There are some real sick fucks out there spreading lies and disinformation.

That said I look at this David Hogg individual as an opportunist to put forward his agenda.  People may not agree with his views but they are his.


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Nameshavebeenc… JethroBodien Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:41 Permalink

You don't get it. He attended both schools. He was born in 1996 and is 21 yrs old. Went to Redondo until 2015, when he graduated. Family bought a house in FL in June 2015.

He did some other acting in between. Started at Parkland at some point as a paid plant, probably no more than a year ago. He looks young, so can fit the role  
We just need to know when he started at Parkland......and which of the other students are also paid actors.

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Nameshavebeenc… slightlyskeptical Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:43 Permalink

You don't get it. He attended both schools. He was born in 1996 and is 21 yrs old. Went to Redondo until 2015, when he graduated. Family bought a house in FL in June 2015. Many people are missing this key piece.

He did some other acting in between. Started at Parkland at some point as a paid plant, probably no more than a year ago. He looks young, so can fit the role  
We just need to know when he started at Parkland......and which of the other students are also paid actors.

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Chupacabra-322 WillyGroper Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:53 Permalink

False Flag - (N) Definition: When Governments or organizations (usually the former) stage highly sophisticated attacks on their own foreign soil with the purpose of placing the blame on a desirable enemy foreign or domestic, one who has otherwise done no wrong. Essentially a setup, it provides the government entity with an excuse via fabricated evidence in complicity with media to fulfill its various agendas. (IE: War or Law Making.)


False Flag - (N) Definition: Covert Operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the Operations appear as if they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than owns own. False Flag Operations are not limited to war and counter - insurgency operations, and have been used in Peace time.




The idea is to plant (Gas Light) the narrative in impressionable minds.  The brain meylin sheaths first information, so it has high retention.  Later contrary information will be disregarded because of how the brain works.  False flags are used because they are successful, and the human brain is why they are successful.

It takes much more effort to undo bad information, to then redirect the brain neural pathways and then sheath them into permanence.

This story so far, does have the usual false flag "tells."

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VideoEng_NC WillyGroper Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:49 Permalink

No, that's an evening video after the event.  Yeah the kid's being used as a pawn but this is a perfectly legit video, he should've given a little more info.


Edit: I stand corrected, looked at it closer & you see the classroom in the back with the lights off.  When the camera pans lefts you clearly see daylight coming through the one window which is what I'm sure you all saw as well.  Still think the kid looks like Malcolm in the Middle.

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