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Elon Musk unbans conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and hosts interview with him on X

Alex Jones Speaks To The Media Outside The Sandy Hook Trial In Waterbury, Connecticut
Alex Jones in 2022. | Photo by Joe Buglewicz / Getty Images

Elon Musk reinstated the X account of Alex Jones over the weekend, then welcomed the conspiracy-spreading radio host back to the platform by participating in a live interview with him. During the course of Musk’s hour-and-a-half appearance on the call, Jones blamed his reputation as a fabulist on “the media and PR firms” and praised Musk for allowing him to return to X and tell his own story.

Jones was banned from the platform then known as Twitter in 2018 for “abusive behavior” that involved comparing a CNN reporter to “the Hitler Youth.” At that point, he was already well known for spreading lies about the Sandy Hook school shooting, where 20 children and six adults were killed, baselessly claiming it was fake or part of a government…

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