#WomenBoycottTwitter: Derek O’Brien joins protest over Twitter’s ‘inability to tackle abuse against women’

People have started a hashtag campaign called #WomenBoycottTwitter for a day during which they will refrain from posting anything on the micro-blogging site as a protest to its weak harassment tackling policies.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 13, 2017 12:38 pm
#womenboycottwitter, what is women boycott twitter, derek o'brien women boycott twitter, women boycott twitter derek o'brien, twitter women anti-harassment policies, twitter anti-harssment policies, Rose McGowan suspension on twitter, Rose McGowan twitter account, Rose McGowan harassment story twitter, indian express, indian express news Closer home, Derek O’Brien, All India Trinamool Congress party politician, has  extended his support to the #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign. (Source: File Photo)

Rose McGowan, who was one of the actors who accused film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, had her Twitter handle suspended for 12-hours after she tweeted to actor Ben Affleck accusing him of denying that he already knew of the producer’s history of sexually harassing women. She posted on Instagram about the suspension, which has now led to a worldwide protests against Twitter’s ‘anti-sexual harassment’ policies for women. People have started a hashtag campaign called #WomenBoycottTwitter for a day during which they will refrain from posting anything on the micro-blogging site as a protest to its weak harassment tackling policies. Closer home, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien has also extended his support to the campaign with a tweet.

This is his tweet.

This Is McGowan’s post.

Here are others who joined the campaign.

And then there were others who wondered about the ‘irony’ out loud.

According to a report in The Guardian, the suspension of McGowan’s Twitter account resulted in an outrage on Twitter, with people slamming the micro-blogging site for its apparent inability to control attacks and abuse, mostly against women, on the site. However, a Twitter spokesperson told the Guardian that McGowan’s account was suspended because one of her tweets had a private phone number. “The tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. Evidently, this hasn’t done anything to settle the uproar on Twitter that is raising a larger concern of women’s safety.

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