Fake images of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez tearing up the United States Constitution have been making the rounds online.
The image, which first appeared on the site 4chan, is a Photoshopped version of Gonzalez ripping up a shooting target, which was part of a photoshoot for Teen Vogue.
Gonzalez, 18, and many of the students at her high school led protestors at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., and she has been on the forefront of calling for changes in gun control laws since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 of her peers.
Hey, @TwitterSupport, @Twitter, @jack, the user pictured removed the paper shooting target from the original photo and shopped in the Constitution. He is passing it off as real news. This is how fake news starts. DO SOMETHING. pic.twitter.com/DoloLAsIM7
— #NastyWoman (@DeeBeeThak) March 25, 2018
"In just a few weeks’ time, we, the youth of the United States, have built a new movement to denounce gun violence and call for safety in all of our communities. And this is only the beginning." #EmmaGonzalez writes our March cover story — a rallying cry for all of America's children. Link in bio. ????: @tylersphotos Makeup: @gracegraceahn Styling: @cocostyle1 Hair: @rubi_jones
The doctored images have led some online to demand that Twitter take action against fake news. After the shooting on Feb. 14, Second Amendment activists said that students demanding action were crisis actors paid by the left.
One video claiming that survivor David Hogg was a crisis actor was removed by YouTube after becoming the top trend on the site. Hogg, outspoken in his support for gun control, denied being a crisis actor.
“This video should never have appeared in Trending. Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source, our system misclassified it,” YouTube said in a statement at the time. “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.”
Gonzalez is also facing backlash for sporting a Cuban flag on her jacket when she spoke at the March for Our Lives rally Saturday.
“This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage yet don’t speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens; hence their right to self defense,” said Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Facebook.
Gonzalez and her peers are calling for not the removal of all weapons, but stricter gun control laws to prevent shootings in public places like schools.