HONR Network in the News
People who have been harmed by “fake news” appealed to executives at Facebook and Twitter and urged them to do more to stop the spread of disinformation during what they said were emotional, face-to-face meetings this week.
On paper, they would seem to have little in common. Tun Khin is a human rights activist who advocates for the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in his home country of Myanmar. Jessikka Aro is a Finnish journalist who exposed the international influence of Russian propagandists at the Internet Research Agency long before the rest of the world had ever heard of them. Lenny Pozner is an American father who lost his 6-year-old son, Noah, in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. Ethan Lindenberger is almost a kid himself, a high school student who’s become a vaccination proponent despite his parents’ anti-vaccination beliefs….
On the morning of December 4, 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch, a warehouse worker and a father of two from Salisbury, North Carolina, told his family that he had a few things to do; loaded an AR-15, a .38-calibre revolver, and a folding knife into his car; and headed for Washington, D.C. Welch’s intention, he later told police, was to “self-investigate” a plot featuring—in no particular order—Hillary Clinton, sex trafficking, satanic rituals, and pizza.
Journalist: Elizabeth Kolbert
In the world of conspiracy theorists, Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig fueled each other’s darkest tendencies.
Soon after the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Mr. Jones, the right-wing provocateur, began spreading outlandish theories that the killing of 20 first graders and six educators was staged by the government and victims’ families as part of an elaborate plot to confiscate Americans’ firearms.
Many of the most noxious claims originated in the mind of Mr. Halbig, a retired Florida public school official who became fixated on what he called “this supposed tragedy” at Sandy Hook.
Journalist: Elizabeth Williamson
Grieving father and HONR Network board member, Andy Parker is taking on the company he believes is 'monetizing' his daughter's murder. Alison Parker, a 24-year-old news reporter in Viriginia was shot and killed while conducting a live television interview in August of 2015. The camera operator was also shot and killed. The shooter was a disgruntled former colleague, who filmed the deaths. Now, Parker's father is fighting Google, which he claims has "monetized" his daughter's death.
Journalist: Piya Chattopadhyay
Infowars host Alex Jones was questioned earlier this month for three hours by the lawyer of a Sandy Hook parent who has accused him of perpetuating an abhorrent hoax. It did not go well for Jones.
Journalist: Sebastian Murdock
After a tragedy like Sandy Hook, survivors and family members find themselves on the receiving end of online harassment. These grassroots efforts are trying to put a stop to it. - Info about the HONR Network!
Producer Miki Meek picks up the story of Lenny Pozner, whose son, Noah, was killed at Sandy Hook. In the years after Noah's death, Lenny and his family were harassed by people who believed the shooting at Sandy Hook never happened – that it was all a conspiracy. Until one day, Lenny decided to fight back.
Producer: Miki Meek
After 6-year-old Noah was killed in a school shooting, Lenny Pozner founded the HONR Network to protect the memory of victims, as well as their families, from malicious hoaxers.
Journalist: Cathryn J Prince
What happens to those caught up in the toxic lies of conspiracy theorists? The Guardian spoke to five victims whose lives were wrecked by falsehoods.
Journalist: Ed Pilkington
A Crestview man who publishes controversial books for the edification and entertainment of conspiracy theorists has been named in a lawsuit brought by the father of a child killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Journalist: Tom McLaughlin
The father of a boy slain in the Sandy Hook shootings who is suing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has taken two more extremists to court on defamation charges.
Journalist: Rob Ryser
Pozner, who lives in South Florida, claims in a new federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that a local cop in Delray Beach illegally accessed his private, personal information by exploiting the state license-plate database.
Journalist: Jerry Ianneli
Pozner has been harassed, issued death threats, and called a “crisis actor,” by people who believe the shooting was a hoax.
The right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was denied on Thursday in his bid to have a defamation lawsuit brought by parents of a Sandy Hook victim thrown out.
Journalist: Tom Kludt
The parents of a 2012 mass shooting victim can sue Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation, a Texas judge has ruled.
A judge threw out an attempt by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, HuffPost reported Thursday.
Journalist: Morgan Gstalter
Lenny Pozner says he spends hours every day trying to erase online conspiracy theories that the death of his 6-year-old son Noah at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax.
Journalist: Sapna Maheshwari
Journalist: John Herrman
Thoughtful explanation of the protections and limitations of the First Amendment and the concept of legal censorship.
Journalist: William Brangham
A rendering of a planned memorial to the 2012 mass shooting victims has a central water feature and is inscribed with the names of the 20 children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Journalist: Matthew Ormseth
Death threats and online harassment — fanned by Jones’ unfounded conspiracy theories — have led her and her husband to move seven times, most recently to a secure community in another state.
Journalist: Jeff Trusdell
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wasn’t in court Wednesday as his attorneys argued that the “Infowars” host who has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax didn’t defame one victim’s parents who say they’ve been tormented by his followers and forced to move seven times.
Journalist: Paul J. Weber
Noah Pozner’s mother says they can’t visit son’s grave; conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who claims mass shooting never happened, sues couple, seeks $100,000 in costs.
Noah Pozner's parents say the social network failed to protect them from online abuse, and they're not impressed with Facebook's response.
Journalist: Sean Keane
Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, the parents of 6-year-old Noah Pozner, one of the 20 victims in the shooting, wrote an open letter lambasting Zuckerberg, who grew up in Westchester County.
Journalist: Zak Failla
Journalist: Joe Lombardi
Social media promises clean up but relatives say they have seen no significant change
Journalist: Clark Mindock
After years of being harassed by 'hoaxers,' the parents of a first-grader slain at Sandy Hook are demanding that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg better regulate misleading and hateful content on his platform.
Journalist: Janet Burns