Chobani Combats Fake News

Chobani yogurt sued the infamous Infowars website for defamatory fake news falsely accusing Chobani of “importing migrant rapists” and spreading tuberculosis.  Infowars alleged that Chobani workers were connected to a sexual assault involving minors.  The allegations were false, but the fake news tweet and video went viral on the internet and were viewed by thousands of people.  Chobani sued for defamation, and while the settlement is confidential, Infowars owner, Alex Jones, has issued a public apology to Chobani.

While the settlement and public apology was coined by the Wall Street Journal as a “Victory Over Fake News”, a victory over fake news is hard to define.  Once false statements have been disseminated, it may never be possible to truly undo the full harm to a person or company’s reputation.  In this case, Chobani was fortunate to have its defamation case against Infowars receive broad media coverage, therefore alerting the public at large that the heinous allegations were indeed defamatory fake news.  Hopefully those defamed online will continue to stand-up to fake news publishers and online bullies in enforcing anti-defamation laws.

 

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