What Alex Jones’ $50 million fine means for others profiting off disinformation

After a Texas court handed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones a $50 million punishment for defaming the family of a Sandy Hook mass shooting victim, Jones was back online, calling the trial “rigged.” But, the mother of Jesse Lewis, a child gunned down in 2012, called the sentencing a win for all the victims’ families. The defamation judgement could serve as a precedent for other misinformation-related cases moving through the courts: showing what people can say and whether they can make money doing it online.