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Lawyers for Sandy Hook victims accuse Alex Jones of destroying evidence

Lawyers for Sandy Hook victims accuse Alex Jones of destroying evidence

Lawyers representing the families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are accusing Alex Jones and his Infowars business of intentionally destroying evidence relevant to a defamation case they are bringing against him.

According to the motion obtained by The New York Times, Jones instructed his staff to delete tweets after CNN reported his platform had content that violated Twitter’s policies. 

The families suing Jones claim that at least some of the deleted content was deemed relevant evidence in their defamation suit. The filing also says Jones was told earlier this year that he was obligated by law to preserve all material relevant to the cases. 

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The InfoWars owner is currently being sued by the families of nine victims who were killed in the 2012 shooting in Connecticut for spreading lies about the shooting.

Jones, a noted conspiracy theorist, has claimed the shooting was staged and that the parents were involved in a cover up. The families say Jones's conspiracy theories have led to them being harassed and threatened.

Jones has been under the spotlight in recent weeks as tech and social media companies have faced pressure to prevent him from spreading false content online.

In recent days, Apple, Facebook, YouTube and other services have blocked him for sharing content that violated their policies against hate speech, inciting violence and child endangerment.

“As pressure mounted from pending defamation lawsuits and growing public indignation, Mr. Jones chose to destroy evidence of his actual malice and defamatory conduct,” the motion stated.

“InfoWars deleted critical evidence at the precise moment plaintiff and his experts were attempting to marshal that evidence.”

It is unclear how much content had been deleted to could be relevant to the suit. 

Earlier this week, Twitter also took action against Jones, blocking him from tweeting from his personal Twitter account for one week after one of his posts violated the platform’s policies.