Actor Adam Baldwin has quit Twitter and he isn't coming back.
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 is "offensive" and 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. He left only one tweet asking for the CEO of Twitter to be fired and for the abolishment of the platform's 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. He continues:
"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.
Baldwin tells us Sarkeesian's role in the new Safety Council directly affected his decision.
"Joss Whedon got off Twitter and that really shocked me," Baldwin says, referencing the "Avengers" director quitting the platform last year. "Sarkeesian had a big hand in Joss leaving."
Baldwin starred in Whedon's hit SyFy show "Firefly." Baldwin has also starred in other blockbusters including "Full Metal Jacket," "Independence Day," and "The Patriot."
Prominent conservative personality Milo Yiannopoulos lost his Twitter verification earlier this year. In an interview with Fusion, Yiannopoulos talked about Twitter devaluing his free-speech:
“Effectively they have privileged progressive opinions over mine and reduced my power and influence in the marketplace. That’s a real thing and they’ve done it on a whim, for political reasons, while refusing to explain why.”
Baldwin echoes the worries of Yiannopoulos:
"They are very good at hiding whatever algorithms they have. They don't explain themselves and they are not transparent. The onus is on Twitter to explain exactly why they ban people. It's their company. I just choose not to participate in the suppression of ideas anymore."
We asked Baldwin which social network his fans could now find his musings, "I like Instagram," he says, "But I don't really know yet."
Asked if he will be endorsing any candidates for President this year, Baldwin quips, "I'll support anyone but the two socialists running."