KEY POINTS

  • The New York attorney general sent a cease-and-desist letter to Alex Jones ordering him to stop selling fake coronavirus treatments on his website
  • Jones had been promoting products like toothpaste and supplements with high colloidal silver to treat COVID-19
  • The New York attorney general had previously sent a cease-and-desist letter to televangelist Jim Bakker for selling fake treatments

“InfoWars” host Alex Jones was ordered Friday by the New York attorney general to stop promoting and selling fake coronavirus treatments.

The cease-and-desist letter was sent by New York Attorney General Letitia James in response to Jones’ newest product to allegedly treat COVID-19.

“As the coronavirus continues to pose serious risks to public health, Alex Jones has spewed outright lies and has profited off of New Yorkers’ anxieties,” James told reporters. “Mr. Jones' public platform has not only given him a microphone to shout inflammatory rhetoric, but his latest mistruths are incredibly dangerous and pose a serious threat to the public health of New Yorkers and individuals across the nation.”

Jones began promoting the new product on Tuesday’s edition of “InfoWars,” called Super-Silver Whitening Toothpaste. He said it contained high amounts of colloidal silver and is a product allegedly verified by both the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security for its ability to combat viruses in the SARS-corona family.

Other products Jones is promoting as coronavirus treatments include DNA Force Plus supplements and various Silversol products.

It’s the latest cease-and-desist letter James has sent to combat some media personalities allegedly trying to capitalize on the coronavirus panic. A previous letter was sent to televangelist Jim Bakker and Dr. Sherrill Sellman for promoting Silver Solution as a means to combat coronavirus on a Feb. 12 edition of Bakker’s show.

Bakker also was sued by the state of Missouri for allegedly selling the products.

Jones pushed back on James’ accusations, saying her office was taking specific things he said out of context.

“I don’t believe in a cure,” Jones said. “I would never tell my listeners that this is a silver bullet. It’s just not true.”

The World Health Organization has said previously that there is no cure or vaccine available yet that can treat COVID-19. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration echoed those statements, saying there is no medicine available on the U.S. market to treat the virus.

Alex Jones Alex Jones of Infowars talks to the media while visiting the U.S. Senate's Dirksen Senate office building as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 5, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Jim Bourg