American actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet posted months ago. He’s accused the platform of trying to “kill my free speech”.
The tweet in question was posted on July 20th, and included a hoax meme, pretending to be from the Democrat party, that encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections.
Twitter emailed Woods on Thursday saying the tweet “has a potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election”
Woods was also informed that he would be allowed access to his account again if he deletes the tweet. However, the actor has remained adamant that he will not delete the tweet.
Twitter suspended James Woods for posting this… pic.twitter.com/fBeG124PRH
— D Moffett (@dmoffett54) September 23, 2018
Speaking to The Associated Press on Sunday, Woods claimed Twitter was trying to stop his free speech, though he was very vocal about his outrage during the interview.
“Free speech is free speech — it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech,” he said, referring to Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey.
“The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference,” he continued. “Because now, having your voice smothered is much more disturbing than having your vocal chords slit. If you want to kill my free speech, man up and slit my throat with a knife, don’t smother me with a pillow.”
Woods also added that his post was also retweeted by his girlfriend, as well as thousands of others. His girlfriend’s account did not get locked, which he said was proof that Twitter had singled him out because of his large following. Although his page is still online, he cannot access or use it.
The meme Woods posted included the hashtags “#LetWomenDecide” and “#NoMenMidterm” claimed to be from the Democratic group. However, it was discovered to be a hoax campaign, aiming to encourage liberal men not to vote in the November elections, according to popular meme site knowyourmeme.com.
James Woods, on the other hand, claims it was a parody and believed it be satire, but according to Twitter, his post was considered material that would suppress or deliberately deceive, and was found to be in violation of their rules.
“I wish this were about an unknown Twitter user so that I could be even more passionate about it,” he concluded. “This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced — one tweet at a time.”
When asked to comment, a Twitter spokesperson stated it does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons, and that they had nothing more to share when asked if Jack Dorsey had any response to Wood’s comments.
Story by Emily Clark
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