X owner Elon Musk responded to InfoWars founder Alex Jones’ interview with Tucker Carlson by stating that he is open to the idea of welcoming Jones back to the platform. Jones was permanently banned from what was then known as Twitter in 2018.
“Think about how much letting Alex Jones BACK on X would make the machine rage,” wrote political commentator The Quartering in an X post Thursday. Musk, who was tagged in the post, replied by saying that he would “consider” allowing Jones to have his account back.
“In general, since this platform aspires to be the global town square, permanent bans should be extremely rare,” Musk wrote. “Also, if he does say something false on this platform, then Community Notes will correct him, whereas that would not be the case elsewhere.”
Will consider. In general, since this platform aspires to be the global town square, permanent bans should be extremely rare.
Also, if he does say something false on this platform, then @CommunityNotes will correct him, whereas that would not be the case elsewhere.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 7, 2023
Musk has long stated that he decided to purchase Twitter due to free speech concerns. While Jones was one of the first to be permanently banned, previous Twitter ownership banned thousands of users under an unevenly enforced terms of service.
Almost all of those who were previously banned have been allowed back on the platform, though Jones has remained banned.
When asked about the prospect of rejoining Twitter/X during the interview with Tucker Carlson, Jones cast doubt on the idea that he would be allowed back on. After pointing to the fact that number of extremists and adversarial political leaders were allowed on Twitter, including the leaders of the Iranian regime, Jones stated that he does not blame Elon Musk for the continued ban.
“I understand I’ve been so demonized with the general public. He’s barely able to keep Twitter going right now. I really appreciate what he’s done. I admire him. I think he’s done a lot of great work, and I see him moving in the right direction,” Jones said of Musk.
“So a lot of people attack Musk on Twitter. I trend all the time, ‘hey, if you’re such an absolutist on free speech, bring back Alex Jones.’ I understand that if he did that, the ADL and others would really be able to probably shut down Twitter. So I understand that he needs to go through a process before he does that,” he continued.