Facing Judgment, Alex Jones Pleads for Help From the ‘Deep State’

Scrambling to shield a fortune built on misinformation, the Infowars broadcaster is seeking legal protection from the federal government he scorns.

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Alex Jones’s Infowars Files for Bankruptcy

The conspiracy theorist and his companies are facing lawsuits over his false claims about the Sandy Hook school shooting.

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Testify or Pay Up, Judge Tells Alex Jones in Sandy Hook Suit

A Connecticut judge rejected the Infowars conspiracy theorist’s claim that he was too ill to sit for a deposition, and set a schedule of hefty fines.

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Alex Jones and Donald Trump: A Fateful Alliance Draws Scrutiny

The Infowars host tormented Sandy Hook families and helped elect President Donald J. Trump. His role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack is now of growing interest to congressional investigators.

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How They Did It: Sandy Hook Families Savor Long-Awaited Legal Wins

After early defeats in Congress, relatives of those lost in the 2012 shooting fought on, besting a renowned gun maker and an infamous conspiracy theorist.

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The Sandy Hook Father Who Refused to Let Alex Jones Win

Conspiracy theories have loomed over the school shooting in which his son, Noah, died. Leonard Pozner reflects on how the truth can triumph online.

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Alex Jones Guilty in Sandy Hook Defamation Suits

A Connecticut judge’s ruling combines with decisions in Texas to grant a clean sweep for families of shooting victims in their cases against the Infowars host.

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Alex Jones Loses by Default in Sandy Hook Defamation Lawsuits

A Texas judge ruled that Mr. Jones “failed to comply” with his obligations to produce information in two lawsuits brought by parents of children who died in the 2012 school shooting.

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Alex Jones Faces a Reckoning

Dan Friesen and Jordan Holmes turned their Infowars-skewering podcast into a business. In the post-Trump era, they’re documenting Mr. Jones’s reckoning.

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Capitol Rioters Face the Consequences of Their Selfie Sabotage

Joe Biggs and his fellow Proud Boys left an incriminating social media trail for federal investigators before and during the Capitol attack on Jan. 6.

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Their First Try Backfired, but Giuliani and Allies Keep Aiming at Biden

The former New York mayor’s dirt-digging effort on Hunter Biden in 2019 ended with President Trump’s impeachment. Now he is back with new associates. So far it is not going exactly as planned.

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Protesting for the Right to Catch the Coronavirus

The reopen America protests are the logical conclusion of a twisted liberty movement.

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Bogus coronavirus claims lead Google Play to finally give Infowars the boot

Alex Jones of InfoWars talks to reporters outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC

Enlarge / Alex Jones of InfoWars talks to reporters outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations’ use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC (credit: Drew Angerer | Getty Images)

On Friday, Google removed the Infowars Android app from its Play Store, extinguishing one of the last mainstream strongholds of infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The takedown came on the heels of a video, posted in the Infowars app last week and viewed by Wired, in which Jones disputed the need for social distancing, shelter in place, and quarantine efforts meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Google confirmed to Wired that it removed the app on Friday. The app had more than 100,000 downloads according to Google Play’s published metrics, and was rated “E10+,” meaning safe for all users 10 and older. The Infowars app sold products like supplements and protein powder, broadcast The Alex Jones Show live, and posted videos and articles from Jones and others.

“Now more than ever, combating misinformation on the Play Store is a top priority for the team,” a Google spokesperson told Wired. “When we find apps that violate Play policy by distributing misleading or harmful information, we remove them from the store.”

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