Cartoon by Ben Garrison
Pro-Trump actor James Woods said he is quitting Twitter because the social media platform suspended him for paraphrasing American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson in a tweet — Twitter then deleted Woods’s tweet without his permission.
“Twitter demanded that I rescind my tweet paraphrasing Emerson,” James 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.”
Last month, Twitter banned conservative actor James Woods over the for paraphrasing American essayist, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, for “abusive behavior.”
James Woods tweeted, “If you try to kill the King, you better not miss.” #HangThemAll – similar to a quote from an essay Emerson wrote on Plato: “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”
“You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice,” Twitter’s messaged stated.
Oh the irony.
Cartoonist Ben Garrison blasted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) April 27, 2019
Twitter previously banned James Woods, who has over 2 million followers, shortly before the 2018 midterms over a satirical meme that could impact the election.
Twitter regularly bans conservatives for no reason, yet the social media company has no problem with the tens of thousands of tweets threatening to assassinate President Trump.
Meanwhile, Congress sits back silently as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media giants violate the Communications Decency Act, section 230 by acting like publishers and editors rather than neutral platforms.
Trump tweeted about Twitter’s censorship, yet has done nothing to stop the bloodbath.
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