- Zoe Kleinman
- Technology reporter, BBC News
New Twitter owner Elon Musk has said he will keep conspiracy theorist Alex Jones banned from the platform.
Twitter had reactivated the accounts of controversial personalities, including former US President Donald Trump and the famous rapper “Yi” (formerly Kanye West).
But after tweets asking if the ban on Jones’ account would ever be lifted, Musk ruled it out.
Musk said his child died in his arms, and that he has no sympathy for anyone who uses the death of children for profit, political or celebrity purposes.
Nevada’s Alexander Musk died in 2002 when he was 10 days old.
Musk said his newborn died in his arms and that he “felt his last heartbeat.”
Jones was forced to pay $1.44 billion in damages for repeatedly claiming that the Sandy Hook shooting, which killed 20 children and six adults, was a hoax.
Jones was banned in 2018 from Facebook, Spotify, Apple TV and YouTube.
Among those calling for his return to Twitter is controversial tycoon Kim Dotcom.
Jones said in a video he posted on the “Rumble” platform that he does not care about his return to Twitter, according to the Axios news site.
Trump did not post any tweets on Twitter, although his account on the platform has 90 million followers.
The former US president had said that he would remain on the platform he founded under the name “Truth Social”, although the followers on that platform are not comparable to the number of people who use Twitter.
Trump was active on Twitter until he was banned for accusing him of inciting violence by using the platform during the riots at Capitol Hill in January 2021.
As for “Yi”, he was banned for an anti-Semitic tweet. Now Yi has returned to posting on Twitter.
Musk has said he will not make decisions about banned accounts until a content oversight committee is appointed.
He completed the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter on October 28, after months of wrangling.
He has since laid off half of the platform’s 7,500 employees, and believes hundreds have left after receiving an email telling them they had to work long hours.
Musk says that followers of Twitter content are more now than ever, but he has not confirmed this claim officially, as there is no communications team at Twitter at the present time.