#WomenBoycottTwitter: Why are women boycotting Twitter today?
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.
Joining #WomenBoycottTwitter— Nistula Hebbar (@nistula) October 13, 2017
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.
Tomorrow I follow the Women. #WomenBoycottTwitter— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 13, 2017
Doing the #WomenBoycottTwitter tomorrow because I've been told to go kill myself on twitter, and others I care about have dealt with far worse— ricky (@houglande) October 13, 2017
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.
Leaving this as the final tweet before the boycott. The article has more details. https://t.co/3TX8wTM2oL— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) October 13, 2017
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.
See you Tommarow night at 12 !— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 13, 2017
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.
We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan's team. We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service. 1/3— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017
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.