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
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
Conspiracists are convinced that the American father is an actor and that he invented the death of his son, killed at the age of six in Sandy Hook's shooting.
Journalist: Jacques Besnard
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
Conspiracy theorists who claim America’s worst school massacre was staged are tormenting the parents of those who died
Journalist: Laura Pullman
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
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
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