Twitter boss Elon Musk keeps conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off platform


Elon Musk says he will not allow the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to return to Twitter. Over the weekend the accounts of former US president Donald Trump, rapper Ye (formerly Kanye West) and influencer Andrew Tate were all reactivated. Mr Musk responded to tweets asking if Jones could be next. He wrote that his own child had died, and that he “had no mercy” for anyone who “would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame”. Nevada Alexander Musk died aged 10 days old in 2002. Mr Musk said his baby died in his arms and he “felt his final heartbeat”. Info wars host Jones has been forced to pay $1.44bn (£1.2bn) in damages after falsely and repeatedly claiming that the Sandy Hook school shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were killed, was a hoax. In August 2018 he was banned from Facebook, Spotify, Apple and YouTube. Those asking for his return included the controversial internet tycoon Kim Dotcom. On a video posted on the platform Rumble, Jones said he did not care about being on Twitter, reports news website Axios. Mr Trump has yet to tweet, despite his reactivated account now having more than 90 million followers.(BBC)…[+]