YouTube has issued a mea culpa, saying a video that accused a survivor of the deadly Florida school shooting last week was a paid actor should “never have appeared” at the top of its Trending videos section.
The video was pulled on Wednesday morning after grabbing a few hundred thousand views.
“This video should never have appeared in Trending,”a YouTube spokesperson told TheWrap. “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 video lifted an interview from last year of David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who has vocally called for stricter gun laws after 17 of his peers and teachers were killed last week. The old clip being circulated is from a CBS Los Angeles segment in which Hogg appeared, after an altercation with a lifeguard. Conspiracy theorists have pointed to Hogg’s multiple appearances as evidence that he’s a “crisis actor,” brought in to comment after a tragedy.
This is how absurd, gaslighting “crisis actor” theories go viral.
One @facebook post from this person has 111,000+ shares. Another has 23,000.
This is one person, two posts.
Imagine the millions and millions of people crackpot theories like this are reaching and influencing. pic.twitter.com/VU7cKCJhXq
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) February 20, 2018
Hogg has become a target of skeptics in the last week, who have pointed to his dad being a former FBI agent as a sign he’s being used to push a “deep state” agenda against guns. He even addressed the accusations on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show on Tuesday, saying he’s “not acting on anybody’s behalf.”
“I’m not a crisis actor,” the 17-year-old told Cooper. “I’m someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that.”
8 Eye-Popping Gadgets at CES 2018, From Storytelling Robots to Augmented Reality Glasses (Photos)
Tech companies have gathered at CES in Las Vegas to show off their newest gadgets for 2018. From Samsung’s massive 146′ TV to the first fingerprint sensor smartphone, check out what has caught our eye so far. Vivo
Samsung has taken the big screen to a whole new level. “The Wall” is literally bigger than most walls, coming in at 146′ wide. The picture is just as eye-catching, with its MicroLED display representing a major step up from the LED screens found on most TVs. If you’re looking to cover your living room wall with “The Wall,” it’s coming out sometime in 2018, although the company hasn’t put even a ballpark price tag on it yet.TheWrap
Rokid’s AR Glasses highlight the main reason TheWrap continues to be bullish on AR compared to VR. In short: functionality. Throw on a pair of these wi-fi enabled glasses, look someone in the face, and you’ll be hit with their social media profiles and contact information. It’s a bit Terminator-esque. The glasses, manufactured out of San Diego, will be arriving later in 2018. Rokid wouldn’t put a price on it, yet, but said it’ll be “competitive” with VR headsets like Oculus, which run for roughly $400. TheWrap
Dolls are out, robots are in. That’s what AvatarMind wants parents to believe, at least. The China-based company was showing off its three-foot robot, aimed as a 21st century educational toy for kids. The bot will sing lullabies and read stories, among other features. They’ll cost around $1,600 to $2,000 when they come out in the U.S. later this year.TheWrap
Samsung and Apple lost the race to fingerprint sensors to Vivo. The Chinese smartphone maker has put th scanner right on the front of its unnamed phone. Similar to signing in at the gym, simply place your finger on a blue dot at the bottom of your locked screen, and it’ll open up. It’s the first smartphone to integrate the tech.VIvo
XYZ’s 3D Da Vinci printer shows you can make nearly anything in minutes… even a bust of President Trump, if you want. Getty Images
Sony is showing off its three new “extra bass” SRS speakers, running between $100 and $250. The Bluetooth-enabled speakers have 24-hours of battery life. Sony
Japan-based Omron’s electronic censors can mirror human movement by building an artificial intelligence-powered ping-pong partner. Unfortunately, you can’t buy this for practicing in your basement. But the global company’s tech is being used at U.S. companies like Tesla, where it helps assemble its cars.TheWrap
Saving the adult content for last. Mashable recently pointed out porn accounts for 60 percent of the top virtual reality sites, and the industry is now betting on augmented reality as well. Naughty America, a San Diego-based studio, is displaying an upcoming AR app that’ll allow fans to superimpose themselves right next to their favorites adult performers. TheWrap
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