Women Are Boycotting Twitter For the Day to Protest Harassment and Abuse

Danny Woods
October 14, 2017

One of the top trending hashtags on Twitter on Thursday night was #WomenBoycottTwitter, which represents an effort to organize a daylong protest to highlight harassment and abuse directed toward women on the site.

Joining the list of other actresses such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan also accused Harvey of sexual harassment.

"Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein", Weinstein's representative, Sallie Hofmeister, said Thursday.

Twitter said Ms McGowan's account had been temporarily locked because one of her tweets violated its terms of service.

While the notification McGowan posted does not cite any specific posts, the actress (who starred in the WB's Charmed from 2001 to 2006) had sent angry tweets to Ben Affleck after the actor posted Weinstein's alleged actions "made him sick".

In the latest turn in the Weinstein scandal, people are now calling for a day-long boycott of Twitter on Friday October 13 (US time) in response to the suspension of Rose McGowan's account. The tweet in question was deleted and her account was unblocked.

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To this, Rose had tweeted, "GODDAMNIT!"

Celebrities, like Alyssa Milano, Chrissy Teigen, Kathy Griffin and Anna Paquin also tweeted their support, as well as media organizations and personalities including IndieWire, Refinery29 and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson. She is participating in the boycott for many reasons, including "to stand with the victims of sexual assault, online threats and abuse". Quite a few Twitter users noticed the company seems to have an exceptionally arbitrary and unclear policy on suspending accounts. "Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power".

The company's official account also tweeted: "We stand with the courageous women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices".

Twitter didn't respond to a request for comment.

The #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign began at midnight Thursday in NY from software engineer Kelly Ellis, who criticized the social media platform for failing to support "victims of hate and harassment".

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