James Woods, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997 for his portrayal of Klansman Byron De La Beckwith in Ghosts of Mississippi, has quit Twitter in response to the social media website’s crackdown on hate speech posted in its forum.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 18, 2016
The far-right actor also updated his bio to read: “Twitter has now sadly abdicated its position as a sole beacon of free speech. Voltaire’s famous dictum has been quietly buried by these left wing savages.”
The movement to clean-up Twitter started on Tuesday when the site updated its “hateful conduct policy” and made it easier for users to mute offensive conversations or phrases from notifications.
“Our hateful conduct policy prohibits specific contact that targets people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or disease.”
In another statement, a Twitter spokesperson was quoted as saying,
“the Twitter rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies.”
Twitter quickly closed multiple accounts, including those associated with Richard Spencer, the head of alt-right think tank National Policy Institute, to show it meant business.
Apparently, Woods, who has been an avid user of Twitter since 2009, was only supportive of the platform’s open, uncensored dialogue when it wasn’t being used against him. Last year, an anonymous tweeter accused Woods of being a ‘cokehead’ in response to Woods claims Obama was a secret Muslim. Woods subsequently filed a libel lawsuit against that user. When the accused died, Woods took to Twitter again and in a now deleted tweet warned, “Learn this. Libel me, I’ll sue you. If you die, I’ll follow you to the bowels of Hell. Get it?”
The hypocrisy of the Trump supporter’s Twitter departure is not lost here, as just this morning the account @TheGOPReport called for a #BoycottHamilton in response to the Broadway musical’s cast’s dressing down of VP-elect Mike Pence at last night’s show. Apparently, freedom of speech only goes one way.
— The GOP Report (@TheGOPReport) November 19, 2016
At least Woods hasn’t followed the pathetic deception many of his alt-right Twitter cohorts have by creating “fake black person” accounts on the site. Or maybe the one-time actor has, and we will just never know.
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