James Woods Quits Twitter Following Suspension of Alt-Right Accounts

The Hollywood Reporter

James Woods has left Twitter over concerns of censorship. 

The actor on Friday announced that he would stop using the social platform just days after Twitter made an effort to ban hate speech by suspending multiple accounts associated with alt-right supporters on Tuesday.

"Since Twitter is now in the censorship business, I will no longer use its service for my constitutional right to free speech," the actor wrote in his last message. The note was posted with an image of a USA Today article stating that "Twitter's alt-right ban may backfire."

Since @Twitter is now in the #censorship business, I will no longer use its service for my constitutional right to free speech. #GoodbyeAll pic.twitter.com/bismJDb3wh

- James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 18, 2016

Woods, whose personal accounts boasts 484,000 followers, also updated his bio to read: "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."

Twitter's alt-right ban was put into action after the group - often criticized for supporting white nationalism, homophobia and anti-semitism - helped seal Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter emailed Wednesday, a Twitter spokesperson said, "The Twitter rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies."

Accounts that were suspended Tuesday were those associated with Richard Spencer, the head of alt-right think tank National Policy Institute, @PaulTown, @PaxDickinson, @DatRickyVaughn and @JohnRiversToo, according to USA Today.

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