James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account because of a meme he shared months ago, in July. Twitter informed Woods that the meme violated the company’s rules. The conservative actor has publicly claimed the move violates his freedom of speech.
In July, Woods tweeted a meme that was reported to have been created by Democrats and that encouraged men not to vote. Months after the meme was shared, Woods was locked out of his Twitter account. Woods said that he received an email from Twitter on Thursday. The email read in part that the tweet, “has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.”
This is the tweet @RealJamesWoods was locked for.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if the “Streisand Effect” kicked in and it was retweeted 10,000 times?
— Sara Miller (@Millerita) September 21, 2018
Twitter told Woods that he could access his account again if he first deleted the offending tweet. Woods has refused to delete the tweet on principle and said that he would not compromise his principles in order to be allowed back on the social media platform.
Woods said, “Free speech is free speech — it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech.” Jack Dorse is the CEO of Twitter. Woods added, “The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference,” Woods said. “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 complained that the decision to lock him out of his account was based on the reach of his Twitter audience. He has 1.73 million followers. He said that his girlfriend who also shared the meme was not punished by Twitter.
Woods is a rare Trump supporter in Hollywood. He has recently tweeted criticism and mocking tweets of Christine Blasey Ford who has publicly detailed a sexual assault she experienced in high school at the hands, she says, of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
When asked, Twitter did not have anything to say about the decision to lock Woods’ account.