Banned from Twitter for his hoax campaign tweet, the 'White House Down' actor vents his anger by stating, 'Free speech is free speech - it's not Jack Dorsey's version of free speech.'

AceShowbiz - James Woods has blasted Twitter boss Jack Dorsey for attempting to "kill" his right to free speech, after he was suspended from the social media platform.

The 71-year-old actor shared a meme which stated #LetWomenDecide and #NoMenMidterm and was later discovered to have been part of a hoax campaign to encourage liberal men not to vote this November, on 20 July. Alongside the meme, Woods acknowledged that it probably wasn't real, but added: "Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible..."

Woods was banned from Twitter over the tweet last week, and received an email from the site which explained that the meme "has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election." While Twitter allegedly told Woods he could use the platform again if he deletes the meme, he has refused to do so because he feels his right to free speech is being impacted.

"Free speech is free speech - it's not (Twitter chief executive) Jack Dorsey's version of free speech," he told The Associated Press in an interview. "The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference. Because now, having your voice smothered is much more disturbing than having your vocal chords slit. If you want to kill my free speech, man up and slit my throat with a knife, don't smother me with a pillow."

Woods also claimed he was singled out by Twitter due to his 1.7 million followers - which he alleges is proved by the fact his girlfriend reposted the meme on Friday but hadn't been suspended.

While his Twitter account is still online, Woods can't access it, and added he is hopeful his situation will draw attention to an important issue.

"I wish this were about an unknown Twitter user so that I could be even more passionate about it," he concluded. "This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced - one tweet at a time."

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