Elon Musk has blocked James Woods on X after the actor criticized the tech mogul’s move to remove the blocking feature from the platform formerly known as Twitter.
Musk before told Woods called for his account to be deleted after the Vampires star lamented that without the blocking feature, the site would be “unsustainable” for people like him “who are willing to share their identities.”
“If [Musk] If he does, I have no choice but to retire from this site,” Woods said Posted on Friday.
In recent days, Musk has mocked opponents of his yet-to-be-implemented decision to unblock the option and blocked it — allowing users to prevent certain accounts from interacting with them on the platform.
“I enjoy blocking people who complain about the block going away,” Musk Posted on Sunday, along with a cry-laugh emoji.
The co-founder of SpaceX and Tesla has done this repeatedly defended His decision to end blocking outlined a larger plan to “strengthen the mute feature by making anything posted from the muted account invisible to the mute.” He has assured users that they will still have the ability to block people from direct messaging them.
Proponents of the blocking feature say removing it would lead to a rise in harassment on the platform and cause greater harm to marginalized groups such as women and people of color.
While speaking out against Musk, Woods said he was once “attacked by thirty trolls who were supposed to be harassing him” while engaged in a defamation lawsuit. In July 2015, the two-time Oscar nominee filed a $10 million complaint against an anonymous Twitter user who allegedly falsely abused him during a malicious online campaign to “discredit and damage” the performer’s reputation called a cocaine addict.
“If @elonmusk removes the ability to block targeted harassment by trolls or organized political entities, how will ‘X’ differ from Jack Dorsey’s awful Twitter?” Forest Posted on Saturday.
“Musk, who I once championed, is only doing so to protect its advertisers anyway. Users of X are mere pawns to turn the site into an electronic shopping mall. The man I thought was a free speech defender is just another greedy capitalist. Disappointing but not surprising.”
After Musk blocked him, Woods noticed that his opponent had proved his point by holding on to his “prerogative”. After what he called an “amazing” outpouring of fan support, Woods finally made his decision decided that he will “never leave” X and “always remain silent unless they find an excuse” to throw him off the podium.
Times intern Emerson Drewes and former contributor Ann M. Simmons contributed to this report.