Twitter users are calling for a boycott of the micro-blogging site on 13 October using the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter after actress Rose McGowan’s access to the site was ‘limited’ on Thursday. McGowan shared a screenshot of a message from Twitter that cited “violation of Twitter Rules” as the cause.
McGowan would be unable to tweet, retweet, or reply to messages, but would still be able to read Twitter and send direct messages.
McGowan had been tweeting in support of women who have claimed to have been sexually abused by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
She has also called out Ben Affleck, who has been accused of inappropriate behaviour by One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton.
Twitter stated that it was the ‘release of private information’ (in McGowan’s case, a phone number) that was cause for the suspension.
Following the suspension, several users took to the site, asking for women (and men) to boycott it.
You won’t be hearing from us on Twitter tomorrow. ??✌️#WomenBoycottTwitter— Run The Jewels (@runjewels) October 13, 2017
Joining my fellow women & signing off Twitter tomorrow. I refuse to use a platform that doesn't support users equally. You can find me not being SILENT just being elsewhere ✌? #WomenBoycottTwitter— Lauren Elizabeth (@LaurenElizabeth) October 13, 2017
Our presidents twitter account should be locked or disabled before a survivor of sexual assault. #WomenBoycottTwitter— Lauren Elizabeth (@LaurenElizabeth) October 13, 2017
Taking a mental health break from Twitter. #WomenBoycottTwitter— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 13, 2017
And for now, I’m off Twitter. I’ll be back with more to say soon. And there is so very much to say. #WomenBoycottTwitter— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) October 13, 2017
I’m logging off Twitter for 24 hours, starting 9:30am IST on Friday, to demand better anti-harassment policy. Join us!#WomenBoycottTwitter— Rega Jha (@RegaJha) October 13, 2017
Those tweeting with the hashtag have called out all those in support to use it, irrespective of what gender they are.
Men have, in fact, responded to the call for Twitter to be boycotted, with many tweeting to express their support.
However, there were some skeptics who didn’t think boycotting Twitter is a solution.
This could have potential financial blows to the company and users who count on traffic alike... also, does it really further the cause?— Master Z (@zmartian4) October 13, 2017
I'm behind the cause but strategically, abstinence would b the same as people not showing up 2 vote... we saw what happens there!— Master Z (@zmartian4) October 13, 2017
Twitter’s official statement saying that McGowan’s account was given limited access because she had released private information (a phone number) via a tweet deterred some from supporting the boycott.
Why boycott? @rosemcgowan , who I support, got momentarily suspended for including a personal phone number. No scandal, just felt like one— Terry Camp (@TWCesq) October 12, 2017
Following deletion of the tweet in question, McGowan’s account was unlocked, but the entire ordeal called into question Twitter’s opaque user policies.
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