The Food and Drug Administration warned right-wing media personality Alex Jones to stop making false coronavirus claims about products touted and sold by his websites or face legal action and a possible order to pay back consumers.
The agency late today pointed to a range of misleading videos posted to Jones’ website, InfoWars, that promote unproven silver products including toothpaste as possible coronavirus treatments. The pro-Trump conspiracy theory website and its founder have been banned from various social media sites, and Google earlier this year removed the Infowars show from its Android App for spreading coronavirus misinformation.
Jones has claimed the products sold on InfoWars, which have no evidence behind them, can “boost your immune system.” He said in March said the wound gel and two toothpastes are “on record taking out viruses and bacteria.”
The FDA has warned against colloidal silver, especially fake claims about the coronavirus.
FDA and the Federal Trade Commission gave the InfoWars founder 48 hours to respond to their warning and threatened to seize products or take legal action if he did not.
FDA has issued a range of warnings in recent weeks to stem an increase in false claims about coronavirus cures, from silver products to the popular marijuana byproduct cannabidiol. There are no products proven to treat or prevent the coronavirus.
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