A Connecticut jury ordered Infowars founder Alex Jones to pay $965 million in damages to the families of eight victims of the Sandy Hook shooting for the suffering caused by years of lies that the massacre was a hoax.
Within hours of the shooting, Jones was telling his audience that it was staged as a pretext for confiscating guns.
Wednesday’s verdict marks the largest award to date in a multi-pronged legal battle by the families to hold Alex Jones responsible for circulating falsehoods about the 2012 mass shooting where 20 children and six educators were killed in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
With its punishing award, the decision could shrink or even doom Jones’ Infowars media empire. InfoWars is an American far-right conspiracy theory and fake news website owned by Alex Jones. It was founded in 1999 and operates under Free Speech Systems LLC. InfoWars. – Wikipedia
The company has been at the center of major conspiracy theories dating back to former President George W. Bush’s administration and was embraced by President Donald Trump.