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Conservative Actor James Woods Threatens To Leave X—And Musk's Response Is Merciless

The actor called out Musk's plan to remove the block function on X, formerly Twitter—and Musk was not sympathetic to Woods' plight.

James Woods; Elon Musk
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Actor James Woods—who was once best known for roles in films like Videodrome and Salvador but has since made headlines for being a prominent conservative conspiracy theorist—called out billionaire Elon Musk over his plan to remove the block function on X, formerly Twitter.

Woods expressed his intention to leave the platform if the block feature is indeed removed, writing:

"In the midst of a libel suit I was targeted by thirty trolls the defendant enlisted to harass me. X will be untenable for people like me, who are willing to share their identities. If he does this, I will have no choice but to retire from this site."

You can see Woods' post below.

Woods later issued a follow-up response to another X user who expressed solidarity with Woods, saying:

"If [Elon Musk] removes the ability to block concerted harassment by trolls or organized political entities, how will 'X' be any different from Jack Dorsey’s horrid Twitter?"
"Musk, whom I once championed, is only doing this to protect his advertisers anyway. Users of X are mere pawns to turn the site into an electronic shopping mall."
"The man I thought was a defender of free speech is just another greedy capitalist. Disappointing, but not surprising."

You can see Woods' post below.

Musk, never one to shy away from online interactions, swiftly responded to Woods' claim with a straightforward tweet:

"Then delete your account."

You can see Musk's retort below.

Musk's supporters appeared taken aback by his response and questioned his decision to remove the block feature.

A Community Note appended to Musk's initial statement highlighted a potential obstacle: the removal of the block feature might contravene the terms of service outlined by both Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store.

But in the meantime, Musk sure seems to be a fan of the block feature, using it against Woods himself, which, as Woods says: exactly my point.

But if Musk does decide to remove the block feature, it could mean that Musk would be the owner of an app that risks being excluded from the two most prominent distribution platforms on the internet, a decision that would only further imperil the already financially troubled X.