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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones reinstated on X after Musk poll

Published Dec 10, 2023 01:06AM ET Updated Dec 10, 2023 06:55PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Infowars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media after appearing at his Sandy Hook defamation trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S., October 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
 
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By Mrinmay Dey and Jyoti Narayan

(Reuters) -Social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, on Sunday showed the account of U.S. right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to have been reinstated as a poll organized by owner Elon Musk backed his return after a ban of nearly five years.

Close to 2 million votes were cast by the time the poll closed, with about 70% voting in favor of Jones' reinstatement.

"The people have spoken and so it shall be," Musk wrote in the reply to the poll that ended on Sunday.

Soon after reappearing on the platform, Jones' account began accumulating followers and currently has about 1 million. He has yet to post anything original, but has reposted two messages.

Jones' account with username "@RealAlexJones" now shows his last original post was on Sept. 6, 2018, the same day the social media platform's previous owners permanently banned his account and website Infowars, saying they had violated its behavior policies.

The ban came weeks after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)'s YouTube and Facebook (NASDAQ:META) took down podcasts and channels from Jones, citing community standards.

Reuters could not verify if X reinstated the Infowars account.

X and Infowars did not respond to a request asking for confirmation on Jones' account. Jones could not be immediately reached.

Jones last year was ordered to pay nearly $1.5 billion in damages to relatives of victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting for falsely claiming they were actors who staged the tragedy as part of a government plot to seize Americans’ guns.

Right after Musk's takeover of Twitter, the social media platform implemented several modification, including changing its name and revisiting its policies. It also reinstated previously suspended accounts including that of former U.S. President Donald Trump.

The billionaire has since sought to reassure users and advertisers that such a decision would be made with the consideration of a content moderation council composed of people with "widely diverse viewpoints" and no account reinstatements would happen before the council convened.

Separately, Musk in November cursed out advertisers that have fled X over antisemitic content.

Several companies including Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) paused their advertisements on X after Musk agreed with a post that falsely claimed that Jewish people were stoking hatred against white people.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones reinstated on X after Musk poll
 

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Ruben Flores
Ruben Flores Dec 11, 2023 12:40PM ET
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I agree with you @John Laurens .. remember the powerful have robots commenting non-sense all over the internet, lets ignore them & enjoy utilize our free speech while we have it 🙌
Ruben Flores
Ruben Flores Dec 11, 2023 12:34PM ET
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💯💯💯💯💯
Carl Tom
Carl Tom Dec 10, 2023 10:04PM ET
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Lock him Up
Otis Grant
Otis Grant Dec 10, 2023 6:12AM ET
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The scary thing is this bum has a following. Mostly poorly educated maga trash but still
Nick Le
Nick Le Dec 10, 2023 6:12AM ET
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The scary thing is an uneducated bum like you having a saying on what people can say. Now, that’s scary. Slava Ukraine. Slava Israel. Slava Vietnam. Slava US. Slava MAGA. :)
Otis Grant
Otis Grant Dec 10, 2023 6:10AM ET
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Alex Jones major loser
Otis Grant
Otis Grant Dec 10, 2023 6:04AM ET
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Lol Advertisers will love that
Carl Tom
Carl Tom Dec 10, 2023 6:04AM ET
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don't bet Farm
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Dec 10, 2023 5:49AM ET
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To deny a shooting has taken place where children was kil…led is evil towards the families of the victims I hope they will continue to sue him for every cent his got. Everytime he lies to his followers its payday for anybody who feels misinformed. So let him spread his lies and hate and then sue him.
Otis Grant
Otis Grant Dec 10, 2023 5:49AM ET
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It's pointless and not helpful at all. I don't fully understand what would possess someone to do such nonsense in the first place, but it should be illegal
John Laurens
John Laurens Dec 10, 2023 4:43AM ET
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Jones was exercising his right to free speech. Everyone in America has the right to say even the most horrible things, and everyone else has the right to ignore them. How this guy ever got sued for his speech just blows my mind. Retarded libs need to learn how to turn the channel, and mind their own business.
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Jeffrey spencer
Jeffrey spencer Dec 10, 2023 4:43AM ET
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yup freedom of speech matters people in powerful positions would like to limit it so they gain more power and before you know it we will have nothing left we will own nothing and be happy.
John Laurens
John Laurens Dec 10, 2023 4:43AM ET
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Otis Grant  You forgot to add "because those statements physically endanger others". If I said Yours and Brad's mothers are prostitutes and sleep with you both at the same time, you certainly could try to sue me, but alas... NO DAMAGES. And, you'd lose in disgrace.
John Laurens
John Laurens Dec 10, 2023 4:43AM ET
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Brad Albright  Ironically, millions of dems deny the Holocaust happened.. but that's a-okay with fascist dem judges and DAs.. It's hilarious how leftists are just now figuring out that they're no longer welcome on X.. dems eating each other over Palestinian terrorism, smirking in front of Congress before they resign in shame.. woke corps going broke.. and lil bradley losing his - - - - over my posts... GOOD TIMES! good times...
Ryan Semmelmayer
Ryan Semmelmayer Dec 10, 2023 4:43AM ET
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Families moved houses because they were recieving death threats from his cultists. After their children were shot and murdered after dropping them off for a normal day of school. He’s filth.
John Laurens
John Laurens Dec 10, 2023 4:43AM ET
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FMGK Blue
FMGK Blue Dec 10, 2023 2:18AM ET
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he belongs to jail
Petey Pete
Petey Pete Dec 10, 2023 2:18AM ET
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The shooter is in jail
Teena Marie
Teena Marie Dec 10, 2023 2:13AM ET
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He ruined lives, destroyed what was left of surviving families. He admitted to fabrications in depositions.  He was intentionally misleading.
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The NOC
The NOC Dec 10, 2023 2:13AM ET
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no he didn't, no idea what you are talking about. You just butthurt that he's back on X. Cope...
Teena Marie
Teena Marie Dec 10, 2023 2:13AM ET
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The NOC What's wrong baby? Did someone not fxcku up the axx the way you wanted it?
Ryan Semmelmayer
Ryan Semmelmayer Dec 10, 2023 2:13AM ET
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Families of children who were murdered had to move from their homes because they were recieving death threats from his followers. If you don’t think that’s one of the sickest things imaginable I’m not sure there is hope for you.
John Laurens
John Laurens Dec 10, 2023 2:13AM ET
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Dude had an opinion about (in the words of Omar) "a thing". Remember that? Omar saying the 9/11 attacks were simply "a thing"? HYPOCRITES!!! "River to the sea..." blah blah blah... HYPOCRITES!!!
John Laurens
John Laurens Dec 10, 2023 2:13AM ET
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Ryan Semmelmayer  t u r n  t h e  c h a n n e l... DUH! people say whatever they want to shut down other's speech.. show proof of what you say.. goofy
 
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