James Woods banned from Twitter over tweet that ‘could impact an election’

‘Free speech is free speech – it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech’

Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet he sent out months ago that was found to be in violation of Twitter’s rules.

The tweet was posted July 20 and includes a hoax meme that said it came from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections. Woods got an email from Twitter on Thursday saying the tweet “has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.” The email says Woods can use his account again if he deletes the tweet.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Woods said this means he’ll be allowed back on Twitter only if he decides to do what Twitter says and accedes to the social platform’s concept of free speech – not the right to free speech outlined in the Constitution. He says he won’t do that, and he won’t delete the tweet.

“Free speech is free speech – it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech,” Woods said, referring to Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.

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