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James Woods steps up bigly. Uses his immense following to help revolutionize Twitter for the greater good

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Outspoken Hollywood actor James Woods opted to rise above his differences with Twitter CEO Jack Dempsey to call on the social media platform to develop a model to assist families during natural disasters.

Family members desperately searching for relatives missing in the raging Camp Fire in California received an unexpected assist from Woods when he allowed his Twitter feed — the Emmy Award winning actor has 1.84 million followers — to be used as a bulletin board for family members to inquire about missing loved ones.

“Posting this story in the hopes @jack and ⁦@TwitterSupport⁩ might develop a model for online volunteers to assist in future disasters,” Woods tweeted. “A simple hashtag (we used #CampFireJamesWoods) can become a central bulletin board for those desperate for info.”

Here’s a tweet Woods posted that draws attention to the campaign and the hashtag created to help facilitate the effort.

The actor explained: “People can tweet info regarding missing loved ones, then my followers and I retweet it. The hashtag can then be searched.”

And here are a few examples of how the process is working:

With social media evolving into a toxic wasteland, Wood’s suggestion to develop a model to assist families during natural disasters is an opportunity to do something positive.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said Thursday night at a news conference that his office still has 400 welfare checks to respond to amid the devastating fire, according to the local CBS affiliate.

Dempsey has yet to respond online to Woods’ request, but here’s a sampling of other responses from those who appreciate Woods’ efforts to help desperate families.

Politics aside… as it should be in troubling times.



Tom Tillison


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