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#WomenBoycottTwitter: Why are women boycotting Twitter today?

By Anusha
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    Thousands of netizens across the globe have come out in support of #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign. The movement is a protest against the way women are treated on social media platforms especially Twitter. The campaign was prompted after actress Rose McGowan's account was partially suspended for frequent posts on Harvey Weinstein and Ben Affleck.

    Women and men alike from across the globe have come out in support of the campaign that calls out Twitter's perceived inability to tackle abuse. #WomenBoycottTwitter started trending at midnight in New York and is now becoming a global trend.

    The movement is a protest against cyberbullying, trolling and most importantly, the lack of mechanisms in place on the social media platform to rein in those indulging in abusive tweets.

    A number of celebrities, within India and abroad have joined the protest. Chrissy Teigen, John Cusack, Anna Paquin are just some names who have come out in solidarity with McGowan.

    The campaign was prompted after McGowan posted on Instagram that access to her Twitter account had been limited. This, the actress said, was for allegedly violating the platform's rules, preventing her from tweeting, retweeting or responding to tweets.

    Twitter, however, claimed that the actress' account was locked since it contained a private person's phone number. In a series of tweets, Twitter justified its move and also added that her account had been restored.

    The call for boycotting Twitter for 24 hours has, however, received massive support but backlash likewise. Many on the social networking site have slammed the movement, criticising it of 'giving in to bullies'. Some even mocked the protestors for posting on the same platform that they are pulling up.

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