Adam Baldwin quits Twitter, cites censoring conservatives
With Twitter stock continuing its slide toward zero, you would think the company would do everything they could to keep their users happy.
But never underestimate to rabid radicalism of the thought police, who are now pretty much running the social platform.
Last month, Twitter created a "Trust and Safety Council" made of up of radical left-wingers to police the twitterverse and stifle ideas they don't care for. The result was several prominent conservatives having their accounts either suspended or "de-verified."
One of the most influential conservative voices on Twitter has had enough and has deleted his account, never to return. Actor Adam Baldwin, current star of TNT's The Lost Ship and who has appeared in several blockbuster movies, cites Twitter's censoring of opposing views as the reason for his departure.
Baldwin, who currently stars in the TNT hit show ‘The Last Ship,’ tells Independent Journal Review that Twitter’s new policy of punishing users for speech it finds “offensive” is the reason for his departure from the social platform. “I’ve had enough. Twitter is dead to me,” Baldwin tells us, “I’m going to find greener pastures elsewhere and I’m not coming back.”
“It’s really a shame that so-called ‘liberal thinkers’ and the so called ‘tolerant crowd’ is intolerant of varying viewpoints. They’re so afraid to hear people disagree with them. Instead of ignoring it or providing their own arguments in return, they say “shut up!”
Baldwin, who has nearly a quarter of a million followers, deleted his entire Twitter history Monday morning, leaving only one tweet asking for the CEO of Twitter to be fired and the abolishment of the platforms new Trust and Safety Council.
This group-think, Orwellian, so-called Safety Council is really killing the wild west of ideas that Twitter was,” Baldwin laments:
“That’s what made Twitter fun. You could run across all sorts of differing viewpoints. That is what free speech is all about. As long as you’re not threatening people with violence, have at it.”
Baldwin cites the banning of prominent conservative tweeter Robert Stacy McCain as a major reason for leaving and points to a recent article by The Federalist for an explanation of the situation:
On Friday, Twitter suspended the account of Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative blogger and dogged critic of feminism, apparently without warning or explanation. This has led, in true Twitter fashion, to protests under the hashtag #FreeStacy.
Only a few weeks earlier, Twitter had announced the creation of a “Trust and Safety Council,” to which it appointed Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist known for denouncing “sexism” in video games, a prominent figure in the Gamergate controversy—and oh yes, a frequent target of criticism from McCain. So it sure looks like the moment Twitter gave Sarkeesian the power to do so, she started blackballing her critics.
To sacrifice a company that was, at one time, worth billions of dollars on the altar of political correctness is madness. But that's what Twitter has apparently done. I have no doubt that many other conservatives will eventually follow Baldwin's lead and quit the site, leaving Twitter executives to lament their devotion to liberal groupthink rather than freedom of speech.