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.
— Derek O’Brien (@quizderek) October 13, 2017
This Is McGowan’s post.
Here are others who joined the campaign.
— SuperwomenScience (@SuperwomenSci) October 13, 2017
I’m with all the women. Her & her & her & all the hers. I am also with ALL victims (male+female) of sexual assault. #WomenBoycottTwitter
— Patrick Ryan (@thepatrickryan_) October 13, 2017
Ladies. Let’s do this. #WomenBoycottTwitter. Not because of hate but because I love this platform and know it can be better.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) October 13, 2017
— Chloe Bennet (@ChloeBennet4) October 13, 2017
— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) October 13, 2017
Tomorrow I follow the Women. #WomenBoycottTwitter
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 13, 2017
— Mohamed Salih (@MohamedMOSalih) October 13, 2017
And then there were others who wondered about the ‘irony’ out loud.
Let me get this straight. I’m supposed to silence myself to show that I’m against being silenced? 😯
Silly liberals 👌😂#WomenBoycottTwitter
— Bindas Ladki (@bindasladki) October 13, 2017
— ScarFace (@RAC7R) October 13, 2017
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.