Alex Jones and his conspiracy theories are allowed again on X

Alex Jones is again on X 5 years after then-Twitter made the choice to completely ban him and his present, Infowars, for violating the positioning’s coverage on “abusive conduct.” Elon Musk — who final yr said he wouldn’t unban Jones due to the conspiracy theorist’s insistence on calling the Sandy Hook bloodbath a hoax — created a poll on X over the weekend asking customers to vote on whether or not Jones must be reinstated. 

The ballot closed with a majority vote for “Sure.” As of Sunday, Jones’ private account was as soon as once more lively, and already retweeting Andrew Tate.

Jones is well-known for pushing disturbing conspiracy theories, which in some circumstances have led to actual world hurt. He was sued by the households of Sandy Hook victims, who gained near $1.5 billion in authorized judgments after testifying in court that they’d been harassed and despatched loss of life threats by his followers. However after Jones appeared on Tucker Carlson’s present on X final week, the dialog about his ban was reignited.

Responding to 1 person after the ballot closed, Musk wrote, “I vehemently disagree with what he mentioned about Sandy Hook, however are we a platform that believes in freedom of speech or are we not? That’s what it comes right down to ultimately. If the folks vote him again on, this shall be unhealthy for X financially, however ideas matter greater than cash.” The choice comes at a time when X is rapidly losing advertisers due to hate speech on the platform, a few of which Musk himself has elevated. Walmart, Apple, IBM and Disney, amongst others, have just lately pulled their advertisements from X.

This text initially appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/alex-jones-and-his-conspiracy-theories-are-allowed-back-on-x-160419044.html?src=rss

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