Alex Jones’ Reinstatement To X Prompts Left Activist To Leave

( – Renowned civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill has officially departed X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter. She pointed to the platform’s decision, owned by Elon Musk, to reinstate the account of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as the primary reason for her exit.

Ifill, the former president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, explained that she decided to leave the platform because of a post related to Grace Greene, one of the children who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy.

Expressing her sentiments about the situation, Ifill criticized Alex Jones for causing significant pain to families who had already endured a heartbreaking experience. She highlighted that he had done reprehensible things to the Sandy Hook families, causing emotional distress and disrespecting the memory of the children who lost their lives. She referred to him as a ghoul and emphasized that his return to the site exacerbated the situation.

Ifill explained her decision regarding the platform, stating that with Alex Jones’s return, it was no longer a place where she wanted to invest her energy, ideas, plans, or happiness. While acknowledging the positive aspects of the platform, she expressed sadness that it was vulnerable to individuals seeking to undermine its value.

On Sunday, December 10th, Elon Musk mentioned that the controversial host, Jones, might return to the platform. He conducted a poll on Saturday, asking users whether Jones’s account should be reinstated. Seventy percent of respondents favored Jones’s return. In 2018, Twitter banned Jones and his Infowars account for rule violations. Some criticized Twitter for not taking action against Jones sooner.

Jones had propagated the idea that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a staged event to support gun control. In response, the families of the victims sued Jones, leading to a court order for him to pay nearly $1.5 billion.

In announcing her departure, Ifill, the cousin of Gwen Ifill, informed her 445,000 X followers that she was moving to Threads, Meta’s new microblogging platform. She encouraged media outlets to patronize platforms like Threads and Spoutible.

“If you’re a news organization, share more on Threads, so we can keep up with your reports, videos, and content,” Ifill stated in her post.

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