Elon Musk invoked the memory of his late infant child when explaining why he won’t allow conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back onto Twitter.
Jones, the host of the popular Infowars podcast, repeatedly told his millions of followers that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, in which 20 first-graders and six educators were killed, was a hoax that was staged by “crisis actors” to enact more gun control.
Last month, Jones was ordered to pay in excess of $1.44 billion in damages to the families of the victims.
“I felt his last heartbeat,” Musk tweeted, adding: “I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame.”
Dotcom, the German-born founder of the now-defunct file hosting service Megaupload who is wanted by the Justice Department for crimes including copyright infringement and racketeering, urged Musk to allow Jones back onto Twitter “in the interest of real free speech.”
The Justice Department has sought Dotcom’s extradition from his place of exile in New Zealand.