Prominent conservative actor and producer James Woods, has quit Twitter citing the social media website’s recent purge of alt-right figures as his reason for abandoning the platform.
The recent purge of multiple alt-right and conservative Twitter accounts has attracted widespread coverage in the media, including criticism from non alt-right figures including David Frum and Tim Pool. In the past the company has come under fire for their censorship of Breitbart Senior Editor, Milo Yiannopoulos and their silencing of conservative opinions.
In an act of protest over Twitter’s most recent banning spree, actor and producer James Woods tweeted that, “Since Twitter is now in the #censorship business” he would no longer be using the platform. Woods has had a long career in Hollywood, appearing in a number of acclaimed movies including Straw Dogs and Once Upon A Time In America, as well as over thirty-five plays.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 18, 2016
Woods is a supporter of President-elect Donald Trump and a prominent conservative voice on Twitter, boasting nearly 500K followers and millions of Twitter interactions. Woods was also a member of the secretive Hollywood conservative group, Friends of Abe, which was abruptly dissolved earlier this year.
Many disaffected Twitter users have joined Gab.ai, a social media platform that prides itself on free speech.Whether James Woods will join Gab’s growing user base is unknown.
Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart Tech covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan_ or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org