This week Facebook purged accounts the media characterized as “right wing”, even though among them was Nation of Islam leader and Women’s March ally Louis Farrakhan. It has renewed discussion about “de-platforming” and potential bias against conservatives and people on the right wholesale by big tech and social media companies.
The President, who is the world’s most prominent user of social media, fired off a huge tweetstorm on the subject, both Friday night and into Saturday morning, and this afternoon brought it up again. Specifically, in his most recent tweet, he defended conservative actor James Woods.
His defense of Woods in particular came first during his initial tweetstorm, in which he brought up a number of people, including Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars and conservative video podcast personalities Diamond & Silk.
He began by tweeting about censorship and freedom of speech, but did not bring up prior appeals on his part to having the FCC crack down on jokes about him.
During this series of messages, in a tweet sharing a Breitbart article on the subject, Trump said he was “surprised to see Conservative thinkers like James Woods banned from Twitter, and Paul Watson banned from Facebook!”
On Saturday morning Trump sent a flurry of retweets of people like Watson and others who have faced banning by various outlets, as well as tweets from individuals discussing the topic.
That was hours ago, but in the last hour he has revisited the topic, this time again specifically about actor James Woods, who remains suspended by Twitter.
Woods is very popular on Twitter, and was suspended over a post-Mueller report tweet in which he quoted the famous line “if you try to kill the King, you better not miss,” and used the hashtag “#HangThenAll.”
Woods is also known on Twitter for amplifying others, including veterans facing PTSD or depression, people who seeking a lost loved one or even a pet, and naturally, writers of conservative or right-wing news and opinion article. His banning from the platform has created a sustained reaction by the more MAGA side of Twitter, that will surely see no lessening now that the President has weighed in more than once.