Elon Musk reactivates Alex Jones X- Accounts. The conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s X account was reinstated by Elon Musk, who did so by citing a recent Twitter poll that favored the Infowars presenter. Jones had declared on several occasions that the Sandy Hook massacre of 2012 was staged.
For advertisers that left X fearing that hate speech might show next to their ads, this presents a new source of worry. In addition, it signifies the reappearance of X’s banned account, which has generated even more controversy.
🔥🚨BREAKING: Alex Jones just reached 1 Million followers on 𝕏. His next post will make history. pic.twitter.com/lisXBIpWf9
— Dom Lucre | Breaker of Narratives (@dom_lucre) December 10, 2023
On Saturday, Musk posed a query on Jones’ reinstatement. According to the results, 70% of those surveyed agreed. Early on Sunday, Musk tweeted, “The People have Speak and So It Shall Be.”
A few hours after the first suspension, Jones’s posts surfaced once more. The most recent post was made in 2018, following Infowars and Jones’ permanent ban due to their aggressive behavior.
According to Musk, he firmly believes in the right to free expression. He explained this action. Musk answered a person who claimed that the right to free expression was violated by permanent account bans. “I find it difficult to disagree,” he wrote.
According to a tweet from Tesla’s wealthy CEO, Community Notes— X’s crowdsourced fact-checking platform— is probably going to “respond quickly to any AJ posting that needs correcting.“
After earlier refusing to allow Jones to return to his platform despite many pleas, Musk has suddenly changed his mind. Last year, Musk said in a tweet that he would not spare anyone who used the deaths of children to achieve notoriety or political prominence.
Jones has stated on several occasions that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012—which claimed the lives of 20 pupils and six teachers—never happened and was staged to impose stricter gun control measures.
The families of some of Jones’ victims sued him in Connecticut and Texas, and they were awarded judgments totaling about $1.5 billion. In October, a court decided that Jones was unable to avoid paying nearly $1.1 billion of this obligation by filing for bankruptcy.
The trial featured testimony from the families of school shooting victims on intimidation and threats received from Jones’ supporters. They sent them and personally faced the bereaved parents. Supporters of Jones said the family were dramatists with nonexistent children.
Jones has filed an appeal of the rulings. He claims that his First Amendment right to free expression was violated and that he did not get a fair trial.
At the same time that Musk reinstated Jones’s account, several big companies, like Disney, IBM, and others, ceased running advertisements on X in response to a report published by Media Matters that purportedly showed advertisements next to pro-Nazi and white supremacist content.
In reaction to X, Musk also supported a conspiracy theory that was antisemitic. After apologizing, the CEO of Tesla traveled to Israel to meet with Israeli officials and take a tour of a kibbutz that had been targeted by Hamas militants.
Additionally, he claimed that the marketers were “blackmailing” them and ejected them using derogatory language.
In an interview conducted on stage late last month at The New York Times DealBook Summit, Musk advised attendees to “don’t advertise.”
Following his 2017 acquisition of Twitter, Musk declared that he would “amnesty” suspended accounts. After many suspensions for antisemitic posts, he has restored the previous president, Donald Trump, Kanye, and far-right Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene to their accounts. Greene was removed from Twitter for violating the platform’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Truth Social is Trump’s social media platform. Since being permitted to return to X, he has only tweeted once.