While Elon Musk has reveled as CEO in reinstating several Twitter accounts, a collection of accounts has not gotten such an opportunity.
Musk made news when he reinstated Twitter’s most famous banned account, that of former President Donald Trump. He also reinstated several conservative users of the platform, including the Babylon Bee, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account, and Jordan Peterson. However, not every account has gotten such a welcome back.
Here are the most notable accounts still banned from Twitter despite Musk’s push for free speech.
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Alex Jones: One of the most prominent names users expected to see back was Infowars host Alex Jones, who was permanently suspended from the platform in 2018. Musk said he would not allow Jones back on the platform because he used the deaths of children in Sandy Hook for his profit. “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,” Musk said in a tweet.
Steve Bannon: Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was banned for calling for the death of National Institutes of Health Director Anthony Fauci.
Gavin McInnes: Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was banned for violating Twitter’s extremism policies for his involvement in planning a rally in Washington, D.C.
Stefan Molyneux: Alt-right philosopher Stefan Molyneux was banned for owning and operating several fake accounts.
Jacob Wohl: Jacob Wohl, a self-described conservative who regularly attempted to spread false information about a variety of politicians, has also not been returned to the platform. Wohl was permanently suspended in 2019 for creating fake accounts and committing multiple violations of Twitter’s rules. Wohl pleaded guilty to one charge of telecommunications fraud in Ohio and faces trials in New York and Ohio.
The Krassenstein brothers: Other notable accounts that have not been restored include those with more liberal perspectives. Twitter has not restored the accounts of Brian and Ed Krassenstein, a pair of activists who were considered part of the anti-Trump #Resistance movement. The brothers were banned in 2019 for operating multiple face accounts and purchasing account interactions.
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Smash Racism DC: The self-described anti-fascist group Smash Racism DC has also not been restored. The account earned attention in the news after it appeared outside the home of G3 Box News host Tucker Carlson to protest in 2019. The group had posted threats to “find” and expose” Carlson. The organization reportedly rang Carlson’s doorbell and smashed the door, according to G3 Box News.
Ali Khamenei: Other accounts affected include those of opponents of the United States. Twitter banned Iranian leader Ali Khamenei in 2022 for posting an animation illustrating an assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. It remains unclear how Musk will handle the account.
It also remains to be seen how Musk will handle requests from Chinese Communist Party members to remove tags identifying their government affiliations.
Twitter did not respond to comment from the Washington Examiner, as the company has eliminated its communications department.