Actor James Woods was locked out of his Twitter account on Sunday for a tweet from July that the site said was in violation of its rules.
According to the Associated Press, Woods was suspended for a July tweet of a satirical meme that encouraged men not to vote in this November’s midterm elections.
The meme came from a hoax campaign with hashtags like #LetWomenDecide and #NoMenMidterms, with Woods admitting in his tweet that the campaign was “not likely” to be authentic. “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real,” he added.
Woods, who has 1.7 million followers for his brand of Hollywood conservatism, told the AP that he received an email from Twitter warning him that the meme “has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.”
According to the AP, the actor said that Twitter told him his account would be reactivated if he deleted the tweet, but he refused.
A rep for Twitter did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment; Woods declined to comment.
Conservatives quickly decried Twitter’s disciplinary moves against Woods and attacked the social media giant for what they called an attempt to silence non-liberal voices.
— Jim Wyman (@jimwyman5) September 23, 2018
James Woods in Twitter jail for trying to "impact an election" with misleading information.
David Hogg asks Canadians to vote in U.S. elections….nothing happens.
But there's no bias against conservatives, honest!https://t.co/eXvVIhwSAO
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 23, 2018
Hey @jack, unlock @RealJamesWoods account. Stop silencing conservative voices over nothing. It's unAmerican. What does it profit you to win the midterms, if you lose the first principles of the country? #FreeJamesWoods
— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) September 23, 2018
— Elizabeth Bru (@Betsy_BC_27) September 23, 2018
Woods, a two-time Oscar nominee for his performances in “Salvador” and “Ghosts of Mississippi,” has seen other sorts of blowback from his active tweeting in favor of President Trump and conservative causes like gun rights.
On July 4, his longtime agent, Ken Kaplan, told him that he would no longer represent him.
Woods has also turned his ire against Twitter itself earlier this year, encouraging followers who owned stock in the website to divest their shares.