Alex Jones defamed the families of children murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newton, Connecticut after he invented a conspiracy that the children murdered and their families were "crisis actors" and the shooting was staged.
The families were awarded damages of nearly $1 billion - the largest such settlement for a case of this nature in American history.
The children murdered at Sandy Hook, their families, and the investigators
Cosmo Pizza (DC)
David Hogg, other survivors of the Stoneman Douglas Shooting
The American Public
Jones promptly filed for bankruptcy, asking his followers to shop at his online store to help him pay the debt he owes to the families he tormented for more than decade.
InfoWars' psychological conditioning comes with the brand. Their catchline even stokes the conspiratorial-prone, claiming "There's a War on For Your Mind!"
InfoWars' describes itself as, "The #1 Independent news service in the world, battling globalism and promoting a pro-human future worldwide. Infowars is Tomorrow's News Today."
Founded in 1999 by Jones, InfoWars earns most of its money by pushing unproven dietary supplements and phony survivalist merch. Some of those products include "Super Male Vitality" and "Brain Force Plus," which Jones falsely claimed increased testoserone and mental agility.
By 2017, InfoWars reached 10 million visitors a month. Around that time, Jones began his role in spreading the PizzaGate conspiracy theories.
Though less known, InfoWars also published fake stories in 2017 targeting the yogurt company Chobani. A settlement made between the parties resulted in an apology by Jones, retraction, and an unknown amount of money,
Jones, along with Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Greene, accused David Hogg, one of the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, of being a crisis actor, as well.