Twitter is a platform to make one's voice heard, but it lacks a strong policy against harassment. Actors and activists are therefore boycotting the social media platform for a day. The campaign, #WomenBoycottTwitter, kicked off at midnight in New York and will be on all of today, Friday (13 October).
It all started when Rose McGowan, one of the many who have accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, took the drastic step to partially suspend her Twitter account. Women from across the world started following her footstep.
McGowan had tweeted several times this week about Weinstein and about Ben Affleck. McGowan’s movement has led to an outrage on Twitter, voicing up against its inability to control abuse against women (noticed very often) on the platform.
Some of the tweets are:
Jemele Hill gets suspended.— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) October 12, 2017
Rose McGowan gets suspended.
Trump spews hate daily and nada.
Notice a pattern here? Silencing women!
Rose McGowan attacks sexual harassers. Gets suspended.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 12, 2017
Richard Spencer attacks minorities. Gets blue checkmark.
Editor and consultant Heidi Moore was among the first to give nod to the idea.
Similarly, few A-listed celebrities have since joined in. Chrissy Teigen, John Cusack, Anna Paquin and McGowan’s Charmed co-star Alyssa Milano to quit Twitter in solidarity.
In in :) https://t.co/ylX1BQBwDs— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 13, 2017
Men, including Mark Ruffalo, joined the league:
Tomorrow I follow the Women. #WomenBoycottTwitter— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 13, 2017
The "WomenBoycottTwitter" hashtag is trending when one user pointing out:
McGowan and other women have been harassed online. Hence, the boycott.
At midnight we RISE https://t.co/ihKLLczUww— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) October 13, 2017
When this campaign came up unexpectedly, Twitter released a statement on Thursday explaining:
We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan's team. We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service. 1/3— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017
The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future. 2/3— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017
Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices. 3/3— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017
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