Twitter, a company that is notorious for banning conservatives and right leaning content on its social media platform, has decided to take action against outspoken conservative actor James Woods, suspending his account.
An officiale for the company, who was not authorized to speak in an official capacity, told the Daily Wire they were suspending accounts for tweeting “pieces of media” — which includes memes and graphics — that they claim “falsely portrays certain messages as coming from the Democratic Party.”
Smells fishy, right?
Well, as it turns out, Woods is not backing down.
The official said that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) “flagged” the content for Twitter and the platform deemed it was part of a “misinformation campaign” that was being viewed as a “targeted voter suppression initiative.”
The official said that they would do the same for the Republican National Committee (RNC), but did not know if the Republicans had ever flagged content for Twitter to review, or if the platform had ever taken the same actions for Republicans in the past. The Daily Wire spoke to multiple officials throughout the Republican Party about whether the party had ever flagged content for a social media platform to review — none of the officials were able to find any specific instances.
Sarah Miller, Wood’s girlfriend, wrote in a tweet that Woods was suspended for the following tweet:
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
Woods was told that if he deleted the tweet the suspension on his account would be lifted.
Woods initially responded with a short message to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying: “You are a coward, @jack. There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.”
— Sara Miller (@Millerita) September 21, 2018
Woods has stated that he has zero plans for removing the tweet.
“The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference,” Woods told the AP. “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.”
“I wish this were about an unknown Twitter user so that I could be even more passionate about it,” Woods continued. “This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced — one tweet at a time.”
For those asking, Jimmy sent out this email to his friends today. He hasn’t made any press statements, this expresses his feelings on the matter. #FreeJamesWoods @RealJamesWoods pic.twitter.com/6y1kvKhgVX
— Sara Miller (@Millerita) September 23, 2018
What makes this issue so serious is that, while Twitter is absolutely a private company that can decide for itself what kind of content it allows, the site, along with other social media giants, has become a huge player in the dissemination of information and news in the world.
Therefore, for them to promote content that only shows one side of the story while they actively suppress the other side is extremely dangerous, and frankly, shouldn’t be allowed.
Which is what makes this situation so tricky. By asking the government to get involved, it’s creating bloated bureaucracy and involvement in freedom of speech that we don’t the government to have.
If we don’t do something, people only get one side of the story and the left benefits long term from that.
Very bad situation, folks.
Source: Daily Wire
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