Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

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

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

Within a few hours, the trend #WomanBoycottTwitter gained momentum as many celebrities endorsed it.

Some, like Sherlock's Amanda Abbington and comic book artist Kate Leth, questioned if responding to silence with more silence was the right approach, and many women of color also pointed out how they rarely receive the same kind of solidarity like this when they face online harassment.

"The movement was started by a software engineer Kelly Ellis who wrote: "#WomenBoycottTwitter Friday, October 13th.

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The idea is the brainchild of software engineer Kelly Ellis in defense of actress Rose McGowan and "all the victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support".

"Calling white women allies to recognise conflict of #WomenBoycottTwitter for women of colous who haven't received support on similar issues", she tweeted. And to the men out there, stand up.

She also spoke out against Ben Affleck who spoke against Harvey's actions but was then reminded of a groping incident with Hilarie Burton. "I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT" you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault.

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After Rose McGowan's Twitter account got unlocked this Thursday evening, she began a Twitter tirade against Amazon, claiming they ignored her complaints against Harvey Weinstein, 65.

McGowan included a screenshot of her Twitter account with a message from the company.

Many people using the hashtag noted that President Donald Trump's volatile Twitter feed is still active, while an actress who spoke up for herself got booted with no warning. The company added that it is now in touch with McGowan. The company said she violated their terms of service by tweeting a phone number.

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It's unclear which of McGowan's tweets that Twitter identified as violating its rules. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.

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