Elon Musk has doubled down on his refusal to allow broadcaster and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back on Twitter.
Billionaire Musk, who now owns the tech giant, first shut down users calling for Jones to be reinstated on Friday.
But when pressed late last night to justify his decision, Musk pointed to Jones’ denial of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, in which 20 children and six adult staff were shot in cold blood.
“My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat,” Musk replied, referring to the death of his son Nevada in 2002 when he was just 10 weeks old.
“I have no pity for anyone who would use the death of children for gain, politics or fame.”
Jones, an outspoken conspiracy theorist, gained huge notoriety after claiming that the 2012 Connecticut massacre was a hoax staged as part of a government plot to take Americans’ guns.
In a video describing himself as “the most controversial figure in the world,” Jones said he didn’t blame Musk for not letting him back, and railed against the “reign of surveillance and censorship” of major tech companies, corporations and government agencies.
Musk’s refusal to allow Jones to return to Twitter despite his tough stance on protecting free speech came as the report from former president Donald Trump was reinstated after Twitter’s CEO created a poll that posed the question to users.
Musk has shut down users calling for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to be reinstated on Twitter
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones takes the stand to testify at the Sandy Hook libel trial in Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Conn. Thursday, September 22, 2022
When pressed late last night to justify his decision, Musk pointed to Jones’ denial of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting
Jones said he didn’t blame Musk for not letting him back and railed against the ‘reign of surveillance and censorship’ of major tech and government agencies
Flowers lay next to Charlotte Bacon’s name, carved into the stone of a memorial to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in Newtown, Connecticut, Sunday, November 13, 2022
In this December 18, 2012 file photo, Robert Soltis of Newtown, Conn. pauses.
About 52 percent of those who responded to Musk’s poll — nearly 8 million people — said Trump should be allowed to return.
Kanye West, who was removed from the social media site earlier this year for his anti-Semitic remarks, also returned to Twitter on Sunday.
Musk — who presented himself as a democratizer of internet speech when he took over Twitter — said in October that a “content moderation board” would be formed to decide who gets to use the platform.
Musk did not specify who made the decision to uphold Jones’ ban and did not elaborate on the process behind that decision.
Depending on if and when such a council is formed, Jones may be able to return to Twitter.
Numerous Twitter accounts associated with Alex Jones were permanently suspended from Twitter in 2018, and he hasn’t been on the platform since.
In the video posted Sunday, Jones said he thought Musk was coming under political pressure to stop allowing him on Twitter.
Elon Musk responded to a comment from a Twitter user suggesting that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should be allowed back on the platform with “No.”
Former President Donald Trump was reinstated on Twitter after Musk ran a poll
Kanye West, who was pulled from the social media site earlier this year for his anti-Semitic comments, also returned to Twitter on Sunday
“I understand why Musk did this. He has the ADL and the Democratic party behind him, he has the EU behind him, which is now trying to stop him.’ said Jones in the video.
The ADL, also known as the Anti-Defamation League, is a civil rights non-governmental organization.
Now, do I blame Elon Musk for this? No, ladies and gentlemen. And honestly, I don’t care if I end up on Twitter again,” Jones said.
“I am the most controversial figure in the world because I am the most threatening to the new world order. So don’t expect him to bring me back on day one, when he has to get the platform under control before he can even think about it,’ he said.
When people on Twitter took issue with Musk’s refusal to allow Jones to return, he responded with another curt comment: “Too bad.”
At the urging of people on Twitter challenging Musk’s refusal to allow Jones to return, he responded with nothing but, “Too bad”
In October, Musk said Twitter would form a council to decide who gets to use Twitter
Musk ran a poll on Friday asking users to vote on whether Trump should be allowed to return to Twitter.
In that poll, 52 percent of users voted that he should be allowed back. “The people have spoken,” Musk said on Twitter the Latin expression: Vox Populi, Vox Dei.’
The phrase translates to ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God’.
The move ended a ban the former president had kept on the social media site since a pro-Trump mob attacked the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress prepared to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.
Over the weekend, at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting, Trump spoke about his recovery, Musk’s takeover of the site, and whether or not he plans to tweet again.
Over a video call, Trump said he had heard Musk’s poll got a lot of responses, but that he “sees no reason for it (a return to Twitter).”
On multiple occasions, Musk has emphasized the difference between “freedom of speech” and “freedom of range” – suggesting that while people are generally allowed to tweet, their tweets don’t necessarily need to be promoted to users.
In another tweet last week repeating the mantra, Musk said he would reinstate Kathie Griffin, Jordan Peterson and Babylon Bee.