Twitter boss Elon Musk keeps conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off platform

Twitter boss Elon Musk keeps conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off platform

Elon Musk says he will not allow the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to return to Twitter.

Over the weekend, the accounts of former US president Donald Trump, rapper Ye (formerly Kanye West) and influencer Andrew Tate were all reactivated.

In response to tweets about whether Jones could be next, Elon Musk said “never”.

He wrote that his own child had passed away and had a song for anyone who would use this tragedy for personal gain or fame, who “has no mercy”.

Reno Alexander Musk, a son of Tesla’s boss Elon Musk, died from sudden infant death syndrome ten days after his birth.

In a recent interview, Elon Musk said that his baby died in his arms and he experienced its final heartbeat.

Info wars host Jones has been forced to pay $1.44bn (£1.2bn) in damages after repeatedly claiming that the Sandy Hook school shooting, which killed 20 children and six adults, was a hoax.

In August 2018, he was banned from Facebook, Spotify, Apple, and YouTube.

One of the people who asked for his return was controversial internet tycoon Kim Dotcom.

The creator of the company, Evan Jones, said he doesn’t care about being on Twitter in a video posted on their website.

Mr Trump’s Twitter account has gained more than 90 million followers since it was reactivated a few days ago, but he has not posted anything yet.

When Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to the helm, he said his first priority is to create a sustainable business model for the platform. He also expressed his intention to keep it as a pure public forum and not become more of a pay-to-enter social media site like Facebook.

In January 2021, Mr Trump was banned from Twitter allegedly for inciting violence on the platform during the Capitol Hill riots.

Ye was banned for a post considered antisemitic in October 2022.

Andrew Tate was banned from several platforms for posting misogynistic content, including articles that suggested that women should bear responsibility for sexual assault.

Ye has tweeted and Mr. Tate recently re-joined Twitter.

It sounds like Mr Musk’s decision is that the moderation board won’t make a ruling on banned accounts until they’re appointed.

Currently, he owns a $44 billion company.

The CEO has since laid off half of the firm’s 7,500-strong workforce. Hundreds more staff are believed to have left following an email saying that long hours and “hardcore” work is needed for those who remain.

Mr Musk says that more people than ever are logging on to Twitter – but there is no official confirmation of this, as there is no longer a communications team.

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