Alex Jones, who's being sued over his Sandy Hook truther segments on Infowars, revealed in deposition that he gets a lot of his conspiracy ideas from dangerous and familiar platforms, like YouTube and 4chan. https://t.co/ZVrI722QDM— HuffPost (@HuffPost) March 29, 2019
After being sued for emotional distress by Sandy hook parents for claiming the event was an orchestrated hoax, Alex Jones, host of the info wars site, was up for a deposition in one of those lawsuits.
This deposition was a disaster for him, claiming psychosis made him a truther, not trusting reality, and ended up revealing his sources for his podcasts are YouTube videos and random 4chan comments and threads. The revelation came after he tried to shift blame over whose were the lies said about Sandy hook.
The platforms allowed for the spread of misinformation about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people on Feb. 14, 2018, and Jones himself was sued for defamation for misidentifying the shooter. As part of the harassment survivors suffered, a woman was jailed for harassing and threatening parents of the deceased almost immediately after Jones released the personal information of one of the parents.
Social media has been criticized for failing to crack down on extremist content. The platforms have each vowed to work on fixing problems that their algorithms can create ― exposing users to a barrage of conspiracy theories, for instance ― but none has yet found a successful roadmap.
While he attempts in the deposition to distance himself from the various hoaxes, he has continued to target Sandy Hook parents as recently as March 25, Jones offered that a Sandy Hook father who was found dead of an apparent suicide was actually murdered in a plot to distract from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation.