The Infowars host is being sued by the families of Sandy Hook victims for spreading conspiracy theories about the 2012 shooting.
Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and radio host behind Infowars, is in court this week to defend himself against a defamation lawsuit brought by several families of Sandy Hook victims. Jones has been an outspoken proponent of the idea that the 2012 shooting was a hoax, and that it was staged by actors. The families of some of those killed in the shooting are suing him for defamation. Here’s what you need to know about Alex Jones and his upcoming court case.
Who is Alex Jones?
Alex Jones is an American radio host and conspiracy theorist who runs InfoWars, a website that publishes news stories which often include unfounded claims regarding government involvement in everything from 9/11 to mass shootings. His controversial views have led to him being banned from many social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple podcasts.
What happened at Sandy Hook?
On December 14th 2012, 20 children aged between six and seven years old were shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.