X CEO Elon Musk said he’s considering unbanning Alex Jones from his social media platform just hours before Tucker Carlson is scheduled to air his interview with the Infowars host.
In a response to a request from popular X user The Quartering, Musk said he “will consider” unbanning Jones.
“In general, since this platform aspires to be the global town square, permanent bans should be extremely rare,” Musk said.
He added, “Also, if he does say something false on this platform, then @CommunityNotes will correct him, whereas that would not be the case elsewhere.”
He further suggested a poll be held for X users to vote on the matter, which X user Ian Miles Chong subsequently proposed.
At the time of publication, Chong’s poll “Should Alex Jones be unbanned on X?” has been voted on 17,675 times with 86% of users responding “Yes.”
“I guess a lot of people want him unbanned,” Musk responded to the poll.
The billionaire SpaceX CEO further said he’ll closely watch Tucker Carlson’s interview with Jones, which Carlson is set to release Thursday night on X.
Another user brought to Musk’s attention that the reason Jones was originally banned by the previous Twitter Gods (before Musk purchased the company), was for violating the platform’s abusive behaviour policy merely because he said CNN host Oliver Darch had the “eyes of a rat.”
Musk replied, “That is certainly not a valid reason for suspension.”
Jones went bankrupt over Sandy Hook mistake
In December 2022, Jones filed for bankruptcy after multiple juries ordered him to pay almost $1.5 billion in total damages to the families of Sandy Hook shooting victims.
Jones originally suggested the tragic 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting that killed 20 elementary school students was a hoax, which he later admitted was wrong.