Outspoken conservative actor James Woods has stated that he will no longer be using Twitter after the social media platform decided to suspend him and deleted a tweet he refused to take down.
So much for the whole idea of freedom of speech. The very bedrock of our nation is being dismantled brick by brick and these folks don’t care about the consequences of that at all.
“Twitter demanded that I rescind my tweet paraphrasing Emerson,” Woods said in a statement to The Daily Wire. “It now seems they have chosen to delete that tweet from my account without my permission. Until free speech is allowed on Twitter, I will not be permitted to participate in our democracy with my voice. As long as Jack Dorsey remains the coward he seems to be, my Twitter days are in the past.”
Woods was suspended in late April over a tweet that stated: “If you try to kill the King, you better not miss. #HangThemAll.”
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— Sara Miller (@Millerita) April 20, 2019
The Daily Wire has reached out to Twitter for clarification on what specific rules Woods’ tweet allegedly broke and will report on what answers the social media platform gives.
Woods received an outpouring of support including from President Donald Trump, who tweeted: “How can it be possible that James Woods (and many others), a strong but responsible Conservative Voice, is banned from Twitter? Social Media & Fake News Media, together with their partner, the Democrat Party, have no idea the problems they are causing for themselves. VERY UNFAIR!”
How can it be possible that James Woods (and many others), a strong but responsible Conservative Voice, is banned from Twitter? Social Media & Fake News Media, together with their partner, the Democrat Party, have no idea the problems they are causing for themselves. VERY UNFAIR!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2019
“It’s interesting how @twitter and @facebook both seem more concerned with silencing non-violent people who hold political opinions they disagree with, than violent terrorist organizations and the people that support them,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted. “Is @RealJamesWoods really more ‘dangerous’ than Hamas?”
It's interesting how @twitter and @facebook both seem more concerned with silencing non-violent people who hold political opinions they disagree with, than violent terrorist organizations and the people that support them.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 5, 2019
How is it that @RealJamesWoods is currently being banned on Twitter, but @JimCarrey is not? It’s certainly not any standard based on “hate.” Carrey’s latest Twitter “art” shows Bill Barr drowning in a sea of vomit. @Jack – how ‘bout we let everybody speak and the People decide?
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 4, 2019
The big problem, or maybe the term “question” is more accurate, here with all of the censorship going on across social media platforms is whether or not their actions are a violation of the First Amendment.
A private company totally has the right to choose what kind of content is posted on its platform. There’s no debate about that. The debate comes about when we consider whether or not Twitter is an actual private company or, since this is a major source of news content, the site is actually a publisher.
Since Twitter is responsible for a large percentage of the sharing of information, does it have the added responsibility of providing a platform that allows both sides of an issue to represent their viewpoint?
If the latter is indeed the case, the answer is yes. To not do so is a violation of the First Amendment.
This is the question that must be answered. And soon.
Source: Daily Wire