Outspoken conservative actor James Woods has been banned from Twitter for more than a week after he tweeted "If you try to kill the King, you best not miss’ #HangThemAll" - an apparent reference to the Mueller report.
Woods's girlfriend Sara Miller tweeted a screenshot of Twitter's account suspension, which cites "targeted harassment" as the reason.
In September, Woods was temporarily suspended for posting a satirical meme which very clearly parodies a Democratic advertisement campaign, encouraging liberal men to "make a woman's vote worth more" by staying home.
On Friday, President Trump tweeted: "So surprised to see Conservative thinkers like James Woods banned from Twitter, and Paul Watson banned from Facebook!"
So surprised to see Conservative thinkers like James Woods banned from Twitter, and Paul Watson banned from Facebook! https://t.co/eHX3Z5CMXb— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019
How is it that @RealJamesWoods is currently being banned on Twitter, but @JimCarrey is not? It’s certainly not any standard based on “hate.” Carrey’s latest Twitter “art” shows Bill Barr drowning in a sea of vomit. @Jack - how ‘bout we let everybody speak and the People decide?— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 4, 2019
According to Breitbart's James Caruso, Twitter appears to have two sets of standards, and has given many on the left a pass for much, much worse behavior. Via Breitbart:
- Twitter allowed a number of verified accounts to participate in doxxing and violent threats against teenagers from Covington Catholic high school in January.
- Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) was on the receiving end of vicious sexist Twitter abuse after she defended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
- Actor Peter Fonda said that Barron Trump should be taken away from his Melania and put in a cage with pedophiles. Fonda also called for Kirstjen Nielsen to be whipped. He later apologized.
- Hollywood star Jim Carrey posted a drawing of Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. getting bludgeoned to death by an elephant last year. The tweet is still up.
- In 2016, various accounts called for and cheered on the shooting of police officers.
Take a look at these tweets from left wing accounts calling for Republicans and Trump to be assassinated or hung, all recent and Twitter does nothing because they’re busy shadowbanning conservatives and suspending @RealJamesWoods. Blatant hypocrisy. pic.twitter.com/c69k2Eck4s— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 4, 2019
Wave 1: Jones, Loomer, Milo, Watson, Robinson.— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) May 4, 2019
2: Posobiec, Kassam, Cernovich, Chamberlain, Draino, Fleccas.
3: Carlson, Hannity, Ingraham, Levin, Shapiro, Beck.
4: McConnell, McCarthy, Paul, Don Jr.
This is Big Tech’s plan to kill conservatism of all stripes.
Meanwhile, on Thursday Facebook unilaterally banned several conservative influencers from its platform - 'balancing it out' with documented anti-Semite and Democrat ally, Louis Farrakhan.
The conservatives banned include Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer and Paul Nehlen, who were labeled "extremists" and "dangerous."
Thank you Mr. President. Now hopefully Facebook will be stripped of its immunity under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act because it is clearly acting as a partisan publisher and not a platform. This is election meddling.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 3, 2019
Fan pages for Hezbollah & Hamas are still allowed on @facebook. So is the official page for Maduro, who is killing his own citizens. So the bans aren't actually about "safety."— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 4, 2019
Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘hate ban’ isn’t about safety — it’s about his own egohttps://t.co/GmjuxGB2Ye
Bring on the EO banning federal contracting with Twitter etc and watch these same ‘no censorship private platform blah blah blah’ hacks scream Trump is fascist etc after gleefully celebrating the deplatforming of Trump supporters— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 4, 2019
While Watson had earlier said on an Infowars broadcast soon after the ban "I don’t have the money to sue Facebook, and I don’t want to," he tweeted on Friday that he has the "best media lawyers in London looking over the Facebook issue," adding "I am not an "extremist" or a "dangerous person" and won't be defamed as one."
I have the best media lawyers in London looking over the Facebook issue. I am not an "extremist" or a "dangerous person" and won't be defamed as one.— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) May 3, 2019
Earlier on Friday, President Trump fired off a barrage of tweets decrying the censorship.
I am continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms. This is the United States of America — and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH! We are monitoring and watching, closely!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019
The wonderful Diamond and Silk have been treated so horribly by Facebook. They work so hard and what has been done to them is very sad - and we’re looking into. It’s getting worse and worse for Conservatives on social media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019
If this keeps up, there's only going to be one side of the conversation going into 2020.