After being banned from Twitter, “Infowars” host Alex Jones was reinstated back to the platform, now X, on Sunday, thanks to Elon Musk.
Musk ran a poll on X on Saturday and had users decide whether or not to bring the controversial host back, which was a vote for freedom of speech or censorship.
Musk first played with the idea of reinstating Jones’s account on Thursday, the same day journalist Tucker Carlson had an interview with Jones published exclusively on X. Musk said that he would run a poll to decide whether his profile would be restored.
Jones’ wife, Erika, posted a video of him encouraging people to vote for the principle for free speech.
Elon Musk puts free speech referendum to the people of X! Alex Jones responds to poll deciding his fate… pic.twitter.com/1uJixBxYdb
— Erika Wulff Jones (@WulffJones) December 9, 2023
The poll received nearly 2 million votes and Jones held a 40 percent lead for most of the day. Overall, 70 percent of users voted “yes,” while 30 percent voted “no.”
Reinstate Alex Jones on this platform?
Vox Populi, Vox Dei.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2023
After the overwhelming response to bring Jones back, Musk tweeted, “the people have spoken and so it shall be.”
The people have spoken and so it shall be
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 10, 2023
Sunday night, Jones’ X account already had 1.3 million followers. When Jones was banned in September 2018, he had about 900,000 followers, according to the Associated Press.
In 2018, the platform permanently banned Jones and his Infowars show, stating that an unrelated video he shared violated the company’s policy for abusive behavior.
The video depicted Jones yelling at CNN journalist Oliver Darcy for about 10 minutes in between the two congressional hearings where Twitter’s then-CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform.
Called “the world’s most dangerous man, the most censored man in the English language” by Tucker Carlson, Jones is known as a “far-right conspiracy theorist,” according to the left.
Jones became well-known for his comments about the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He was ordered by the court to pay almost $1.5 billion in damages to the relatives of the 26 victims for calling the shooting a hoax.