WASHINGTON (trfnews.i234.me) – Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Twitter (formerly known as X), has reinstated the account of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Musk conducted a poll on Twitter, with 70% of respondents in favor of restoring Jones’ account. This move has sparked concerns among advertisers who had left the platform due to hate speech issues.
Jones, infamous for propagating conspiracy theories, was permanently banned in 2018 for abusive behavior. Musk, self-proclaimed as a free speech absolutist, defended the decision, stating it was about protecting free speech rights. He also mentioned that X’s fact-checking service would swiftly correct any misinformation from Jones.
The restoration is a significant reversal for Musk, who previously expressed reluctance to allow Jones back on the platform. Jones has faced legal consequences for claiming the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax. Despite winning judgments against him, Jones is appealing, asserting his speech is protected by the First Amendment.
Musk’s decision comes amid a wave of major brands, including Disney and IBM, pausing advertising on X due to concerns raised by liberal advocacy groups. Musk himself faced backlash for endorsing an antisemitic conspiracy theory on the platform, leading to an apology and a visit to Israel.
In an interview, Musk criticized advertisers, accusing them of engaging in “blackmail.” He reiterated his commitment to free speech by granting amnesty to suspended accounts, including controversial figures like Donald Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The restoration of Jones’ account adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing debate around free speech and accountability on social media platforms.