The channel received a single "strike" in response to a video it posted about David Hogg, a 17-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who has publicly advocated for gun reform in the wake of surviving the February 14 massacre, CNN reported.
InfoWars' biggest YouTube account, The Alex Jones Channel, is believed to have reported to have received one strike from the video-sharing site for the video. And a YouTube spokesperson told CNN, "Last summer we updated the application of our harassment policy to include hoax videos that target the victims of these tragedies".
The video went viral and prompted many conspiracy theorists to speculate as to whether Hogg was a student or an actor. The channel has been in operation since 2008 and now boasts over 2.2 million subscribers.
"You've got scripted anti-gun kids with their parents on TV, young adults, high schoolers, high school seniors, and I can't say, look at this bumbling, scripted interview?". But Jones repeatedly implied Hogg and others are crisis actors. The video itself featured older news footage of Hogg being interviewed by an L.A. news outlet after an altercation between a lifeguard and swimmer at the beach.
"We're not saying he's an actor in that there was no shooting", he said.
The situation arose after Benjamin Kelly, an aide to Florida State Rep. Shawn Harrison, claimed that two students appearing on TV after 17 people were killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting were crisis actors. "I was a witness to this", he said. The attention has given him a powerful platform - but it has also made him the subject of demonstrably false conspiracy theories that claim he's so skilled as a public speaker that he must be a paid actor.
YouTube and InfoWars did not immediately respond to request for comment.