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Alex Jones is one of the banned names on the popular social media platform Twitter for constantly spewing lies.
While new owner Elon Musk lifted the ban on many suspended users, Jones remains on Twitter’s blacklist.
Last week, Elon Musk said that Alex Jones would not return to Twitter despite some users requesting his return.
Twitter’s new owner this weekend defended his attempt to reinstate several suspended accounts, one of which is former US President Donald Trump.
When a user asked about Jones returning, Musk said, “No.”
Since he lied about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Alex Jones has been in trouble for saying the tragedy was a hoax.
As a result, he must pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to the victims’ families.
The Twitter owner explained on Sunday, citing the Bible and his personal experience with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
“My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his heartbeat,” Musk tweeted.
“I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame.”
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The news of Alex Jones’ continued ban has caused a wave of reactions.
Some Twitter users praised Musk’s decision, while Jones’ staunch supporters denounced the Twitter owner for his inconsistent support of free speech principles.
Meanwhile, Alex Jones said he is okay with not returning to Twitter and listed other platforms he could use instead.
“Don’t blame Musk at the end of the day because he didn’t bring me back,” Jones told his supporters.
“I’m the most controversial figure in the world because I’m the most threatening to the new world order. So don’t expect him to bring me back on day one.”
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Twitter’s new owner’s decision regarding Jones was announced abruptly, leaving no room for debate.
However, this contradicted his actions toward Trump.
Musk’s decision was based on an unscientific poll on the platform; the results, he said, are the people’s will.
He also suggested that anti-Trump bots manipulated the poll during the voting period.
Additionally, his stance on Alex Jones strays from his pledge to wait to make any major decisions or restore accounts until a new Content Moderation Council is in place.
Elon Musk told a Twitter Spaces event that it could be months before the council meets for the first time.
Additionally, Musk’s new approach has raised questions about the rubric he will use to determine the future of a suspended account.
Users say it will be a decision matrix based on Musk’s personal beliefs rather than objective free speech principles or clear terms of service.