The New York State Office of the Attorney General has made a big move. You know popular conspiracy theorist and radio show host, Alex Jones? He has been saying his products are a cure for COVID-19.
Authorities say he is misleading people. The claims violate the state’s consumer protection rights. The NY courts are now telling him to stop.
Alex Jones Told to Stop Lying About Coronavirus Cure
Alex Jones is the host of the InfoWars radio show. He got a cease-and-desist message on March 12. It told him to stop promoting his products as a cure for coronavirus.
According to NY Attorney General Letitia James, Jones has lied a lot.
Jones has said that his DNA Force Plus supplements, Silversol products and Superblue toothpaste could stop coronavirus. He is on record saying his toothpaste brand “kills the whole SARS-corona family at point-blank range.”
The InfoWars store website does include a disclaimer. It says that “these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
But James believes the “minuscule font” used is misleading. He says that many customers will not read or even see the tiny message.
Jones had 10 business days to contact Chief Linda Landau of the Health Care Bureau. He had to state that he had complied with the order.
Alex Jones ‘Spewed Outright Lies’
A press release was published on March 12. In it, Attorney General Letitia James slammed Jones for spreading lies. She said he is putting people in harm’s way:
“As the coronavirus continues to pose serious risks to public health, Alex Jones has spewed outright lies. [He] has profited off of New Yorkers’ anxieties. Mr. Jones’ public platform has not only given him a microphone to shout inflammatory rhetoric, but his latest mistruths are incredibly dangerous. [They] pose a serious threat to the public health of New Yorkers and individuals across the nation.”
Jonathan W. Emord is a lawyer for The Alex Jones Show and InfoWars. He called the Attorney General’s claims false. The products are clearly not for coronavirus.
Sham Coronavirus Products Flooding the Internet
Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the FDA sent letters to seven different companies. The companies were selling their products as either a cure or way to prevent COVID-19.
The World Health Organization (WHO) hasn’t approved anything to treat or cure coronavirus.
“What we don’t need…are companies preying on consumers…with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims,” FTC Chairman Joe Simons said.
“These warning letters are just the first step. We’re prepared to take enforcement actions against companies that continue to market this type of scam.”