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Alex Jones ordered to pay $49.3 million to Sandy Hook parents

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Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been ordered by a Texas jury to pay a total of $49.3 million to the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Jones falsely claimed the massacre was...
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What Alex Jones' $50 million fine means for others profiting off disinformation

What Alex Jones' $50 million fine means for others profiting off disinformation

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After a Texas court handed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones a $50 million punishment for defaming the family of a Sandy Hook mass shooting victim, Jones was back online, calling the trial “rigged.” But, the mother of Jesse Lewis, a child gunned down in 2012, called the sentencing a win for all the victims' families. The defamation judgement could serve as a precedent for other misinformation-related cases moving through the courts: showing what people can say and whether they can make money
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Alex Jones' $49.3M verdict and the future of misinformation

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Alex Jones is facing a hefty price tag for his lies about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre - $49.3 million in damages, and counting, for claiming the nation's deadliest school shooting was a hoax - a punishing salvo in a fledgling war on harmful misinformation.
But what does this week's verdict, the first of three Sandy Hook-related cases against Jones to be decided, mean for the larger misinformation ecosystem, a social media-fueled world of election denial, COVID-19 skepticism and other dubious claims that the Infowars conspiracy theorist helped build?
“I think a lot of people...
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5 shot, 19-year-old woman killed in South Side shooting

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