Should YouTube be doing something to stop the spread of Parkland conspiracy theories?

Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., cries during listening session with high school students and teachers and President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The idea that high school students from Parkland, Florida speaking out are pawns in a grand gun-reform scheme orchestrated by liberals has quickly gained currency online in the past week.

The notion of “crisis actors” is nothing new. In fact, it’s the bread and butter of countless conspiracy theories that have circulated the web over the years — and it turns out there is a lot of them out there courtesy of YouTube users.

Recently, the video-based platform has been criticized for allowing the the controversial content to flourish through its algorithms.

Armstrong & Getty brought Washington Post National Technology Reporter Craig Timberg onto the show weigh in on the complex topic that has freedom of speech proponents divided.

Listen to their conversation below.

 

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