Alex Jones: Conspiracy theorist set to have X account reinstated after vote by Elon Musk | Science and technology news

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will have his account on X – formerly Twitter – reinstated following a poll by the platform’s owner, Elon Musk.

Jones was banned from the social media site – under its previous ownership – in 2018 for violating its rules on abuse.

But Saturday night, Musk launched a poll asking whether Jones should have his account reinstated.

Close to two million votes were cast when the poll closed, with around 70% voting for Jones’ return.

“The people have spoken and so be it,” Musk wrote.

Who is Alex Jones?

Jones is the owner of the conspiracy theory website, InfoWars, and the host of his eponymous radio show, The Alex Jones Show.

The 49-year-old is notorious for falsely claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, in which 20 children and six adults died, was “staged” as part of a government plot to tighten gun laws.

Jones was last year was ordered to pay nearly $1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) in damages to relatives of the victims. During the defamation case, he admitted that the shooting was “100% real”.

“Especially since I’ve met the parents. It’s 100% genuine,” he told a court.

Jones, who is banned from other platforms such as Facebook and YouTube, has also promoted conspiracy theories related to the 1995 Oklahoma City terror attacks and 9/11.

Alex Jones appeared on the stand after Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis
Alex Jones lost a libel suit brought against him by the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting

Why is he being reinstated now?

Since he finished his $44 billion (£38 billion) social media takeover since last October, Musk has brought controversial figures back to the platform as part of his stated mission to promote free speech.

Last month, former leader of the far-right English Defense League (EDL), Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka. Tommy Robinson and controversial media personality, Katie Hopkinshad their accounts reinstated after bans enforced by Twitter’s former owners.

As with Jones, Musk ran a poll asking whether he should reinstate the former US president Donald Trump to the platform after he was banned in the wake of the Capitol riots.

He has only posted once since reinstatement of his account last November.

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But while Musk has been upbeat about his stance on free speech, he has so far resisted calls from fans of Jones to bring back the controversial radio host.

In response to a call last November, Musk, who lost a child to sudden infant death syndrome at 10 weeks in 2002, said: “My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat.

“I have no mercy for anyone who would use the death of children for gain, politics or fame.”

While Musk has promised to honor the results of the vote, as of As of 10am UK time, Jones’ account does not yet appear to have been restored.

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