InfoWars, a far-right media organization run by Alex Jones and known for peddling dangerous and offensive conspiracy theories including PizzaGate, is reportedly one step closer to being banned from YouTube after posting a video promoting a conspiracy theory portraying the Florida high school shooting survivors as paid “crisis actors,” reports CNN.
The Alex Jones Channel, Infowars’ most followed YouTube account, received one strike for posting a video titled “David Hogg Can’t Remember His lines In TV Interview,” which was taken down on Wednesday after the platform said it violated its policies against harassment.
YouTube’s community guidelines say if an account receives three strikes in three months, the account is terminated.
“Last summer we updated the application of our harassment policy to include hoax videos that target the victims of these tragedies,” a YouTube spokesperson told CNN. “Any video flagged to us that violates this policy is reviewed and then removed.”
The video in question singled out student David Hogg, who has spoken out publicly after the shooting. It depicted Hogg and other students as “crisis actors” — a term used by conspiracy theorists who believe that mass shootings like Parkland are staged events to drum up support for gun control, reports The Hill.
Jones made similar claims in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn.
“The fact that these people refuse to believe something like this could happen is something that all of us don’t want to believe, but that said truth is that it is,” Hogg said in response to the claims made in Jones’ video. “These people saying this is absolutely disturbing.”