- The Washington Times - Friday, November 18, 2016

Twitter’s suspension of “alt-right” accounts this week has inadvertently pushed a famous face out the door: James Woods.

Numerous Twitter accounts linked with the “alternative right” were suspended on Wednesday over accusations users belonged to white nationalist groups or violated the company’s terms of service. Mr. Woods, a Golden Globe winner with nearly 500,000 followers, reacted on Friday by walking away from the social media platform.

“Since @Twitter is now in the #censorship business, I will no longer use its service for my constitutional right to free speech. #GoodbyeAll,” Mr. Woods tweeted.

Mr. Woods has been a persistent critic of the Obama administration and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Some of the more well-known alt-right accounts suspended include:

  • Pax Dickinson, founder of the website Wesearchr.
  • Richard Spencer, head of the white nationalist organization National Policy Institute.
  • Paul Town, an alt-right blogger.
  • “Ricky Vaughn,” a popular alt-right user who tweets under a fake name.

Twitter co-founder and part-time CEO Jack Dorsey’s move comes just months after it permanently banned popular alt-right pundit Milo Yiannopolous. The Breitbart News technology editor was in an argumentative back-and-forth with “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones prior to his digital exile.

Journalists have noted that Mr. Dorsey’s approach may backfire by making free-speech martyrs out of the same men Twitter hopes to sideline.

“[Milo] Yiannopolous has said that being banned was the best thing that ever happened to him,” Forbes wrote Wednesday. “Why? Because it fueled his reputation as a critic of the mainstream, and also because it gave him ammunition to argue that he was being targeted by Twitter for telling the truth. In a similar way, Spencer is already using Twitter’s ban as a sign that he has struck a nerve, and as evidence that the service is caving in to left-wing groups and political correctness.”

The magazine went on to note that Mr. Spencer calls Twitter’s actions “corporate Stalinism.”

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