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‘No mercy’: Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones won’t be allowed back on Twitter, Musk says

The social media boss said he draws a line at “anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame”.

Elon Musk has decided he won’t allow controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back on Twitter, despite allowing his users to choose whether Donald Trump can return.

Explaining his reasoning, Musk tweeted: “My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat.

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

Jones alleged for years that the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut was staged as part of a government plot to take away Americans’ guns.

Now the billionaire has been tweeted the direct question: “Is it time to let Alex Jones back”?, with the argument Mr Jones has apologised and reinstating his account would be in “the interest of real free speech”.

Since Mr Trump’s account was revived he is yet to tweet though, deciding instead to stick to his own social media platform, Truth Social.

Also back on the social media site is far-right Republican politician Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was suspended earlier this year for spreading COVID misinformation.

She tweeted this evening: “I’m the only Member of Congress the unelected big tech oligarchs permanently banned. On January 2, 2022, they violated my freedom of speech and ability to campaign & fundraise crying ‘covid misinformation.’ My account is back.”

Musk has also reinstated some controversial accounts previously banned or suspended, including satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin.

But he wrote on Twitter last week he was not worried about that adding “the best people are staying”.

In an email to some employees on Friday he demanded evidence of what their software code has “achieved” in the past six months, saying “there will be short, technical interviews”.

Category: Technology

Source: Sky

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