Tuesday, 06 Dec 2022

Elon Musk rules out conspiracy theorist Alex Joness return to Twitter

Elon Musk rules out conspiracy theorist Alex Joness return to Twitter


Elon Musk rules out conspiracy theorist Alex Joness return to Twitter

Elon Musk has said he will not reinstate the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Twitter, saying he has "no mercy" for people who capitalize on the deaths of children for personal fame.

Twitter permanently suspended the accounts of Jones and his Infowars website in September 2018 for violating the platform's abusive behavior policy.

Jones, 48, gained notoriety for pushing a false conspiracy theory about the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012, which led to harassment of parents who lost their children in the massacre. Jones has been ordered by a US court to pay more than $1.4bn (£1.2bn) to people who suffered from his false claim that the shooting, in which 20 children and six educators died, was a hoax.

Musk appeared to rule out a return for Jones in an interaction with Twitter users on Monday. The author and podcaster Sam Harris asked Twitter's new owner if it was "time to let Alex Jones back on Twitter" and "if not, why not?". Kim Dotcom, the internet entrepreneur, also asked if Jones could be reinstated in the interest of "real free speech".

Musk replied that he had lost a child - to sudden infant death syndrome in 2002 - and said Jones used the death of children to push his own agenda. He tweeted: "My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat. I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame."

Musk has started reinstating previously banned accounts on the platform and lifted the permanent suspension on the account of the former US president Donald Trump on Sunday after conducting a Twitter poll. The Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has also been reinstated, along with the British-US former kickboxer Andrew Tate, who had previously been banned for citing extreme misogynistic views, and Project Veritas, a rightwing US organization that specialises in stings against liberal groups and the established media.

On Sunday, the US rapper Ye - formerly Kanye West - tweeted the Hebrew greeting shalom, having been allowed access to his account six weeks after it was locked after the announced that he was going "death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE".

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