In response to the request to unban Jones, Elon Musk said that he has felt the pain of losing a child and he would show ‘no mercy’ to anyone who uses the death of a child for ‘gain, politics or fame.’
Elon Musk recounted a painful memory to answer a question on Twitter. Musk was asked to unban a far-right conspiracy theorist who claimed that one of the worst mass shootings in American history was a hoax. Alex Jones is a radio show host who has been held accountable for calling the Sandy Hook mass shooting incident in 2012 a hoax.
In response to the request to unban Jones, Musk said that he has felt the pain of losing a child and he would show ‘no mercy’ to anyone who uses the death of a child for ‘gain, politics or fame.’
In his tweet, he said, “My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat. I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics, or fame.”
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened in December 2012 when a gunman shot down 26 people. The majority of the victims (20) were children aged between 6-7 years. This mass shooting incident is considered to be one of the worst in American history.
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Elon Musk has been a proponent of “free speech” and it was one of the biggest proposals he had for Twitter. Musk has been reinstating some prominent accounts on Twitter, after long-standing bans.
Musk brought back former US President Donald Trump to the platform after conducting a poll on Twitter. He also unblocked the account of ‘Ye’ (Kanye West).
Since the unbanning of Donald Trump’s account, there has been no activity on his profile. Trump has publically mentioned that he still prefers his own platform, Truth Social as it has more engagement than Twitter.
Reportedly, advertisers are worried that Musk’s ‘free speech’ mission could lead to more chaos and less moderation on the platform. Some of Twitter’s biggest revenue generators in terms of ads were even asking clients to hold back their ad investments on the platform.
Elon Musk on Monday said he has no mercy for anyone who uses the deaths of children for gain, politics, or fame. The billionaire’s statement came in reaction to calls to reinstate the Twitter account of American far-right radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Musk categorically denied Jones’ return to Twitter, alleging the latter used the ‘deaths of children to gain fame and fulfill his political ambitions’.
A jury in the US state of Connecticut last month ordered Jones to pay $965 million in damages to the family members of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The families sued Jones after he claimed the shooting on December 14, 2012, at the school in Newton, Connecticut, was a hoax staged by US authorities to impose gun control measures.
Amid calls by his followers to reinstate Jones like former US President Donald Trump, Musk said, “My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat”.
“I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame,” the new Twitter CEO added.
In an earlier tweet on Jones, Musk quoted a verse from the Bible, saying, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven”.
The shooting at the US school left 20 children aged six to seven and six adults dead.
Jones, 48, apologised for spreading the conspiracy and was ordered in August to pay nearly $50 million in damages to the relatives of another victim in Texas.
“I’m in bankruptcy,” Jones said live on his show. “You want to fight. That’s fine.”
He now acknowledges the attack was “100 per cent real”.
Jones still faces a third defamation trial over the Sandy Hook shooting that begins in Texas later this year.
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