Actor James Woods, who has been an outspoken conservative voice on social media, announced today that he is quitting Twitter over censorship issues.
Twitter had recently announced steps to curb what it called “fake news,” which many took as an excuse to launch a crusade against conservative bloggers and news sites. A number of conservatives have been suspended or even kicked off of Twitter for criticizing President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart was kicked off of the site earlier this year, causing a major protest and questions as to whether free speech was truly allowed on Twitter. Woods responded by saying “I will no longer use its service for my constitutional right to free speech.”
Here is James Woods’ tweet from today, explaining his decision. However, it does not elaborating on specific censorship issues that may have triggered his decision.
In recent days, Woods reportedly tweeted about leaving Twitter, but then deleted those tweets. It appears now that his decision is final.
In his Twitter profile, Woods states “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.”
When James Woods quits Twitter, you know the conservative backlash against the social media site is at a crossroads. Woods has nearly half a million followers on the site, and he is one of the most re-tweeted conservative voices on the site. His tweets brought his trademark insight and humor to his tweets.
So, James Woods quits Twitter. Other conservatives are sure to follow. What’s next?
There are other social media options for those upset over censorship. Gab is a new Twitter-like service that appeals to the far right, with many users who have been banned from Twitter. It is also appealing to those who have had tweets censored. Until it gains more users and finds a focus, however, it is unclear if it will be a good alternative.
Conservatives looking for a Facebook alternative should look into TeaPartyCommunity.com. The social site mirrors Facebook, without all of the censorship. Over 150,000 conservative tea partiers use the site.
Woods has not commented further on his decision. Let us hope that this is merely a protest. Perhaps the allure of being so visible to so many people will draw Woods back to the site.
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