Los Angeles, Oct 13 (PTI) Barely a day after actor Rose McGowan’s Twitter account was suspended for violating its terms and policies, actors and activists are calling on the users to boycott the microblogging site.
Twitter had revoked the “Screamed” actor’s page, which has now been reinstated, for flouting its set of rules for 12 hours after she posted a series of tweets accusing actor Ben Affleck of lying about his knowledge of media mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual misconduct.
According to The Guardian, #WomenBoycottTwitter started trending at midnight in New York and was to go up till today.
Actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted in support of the hashtag, saying, “Tomorrow I follow the Women. #WomenBoycottTwitter.” Fashion model Chrissy Teigen wrote, “My mentions since posting #WomenBoycottTwitter three minutes ago #thisiswhy.” “Tomorrow (Friday the 13th) will be the first day in over 10 years that I won’t tweet. Join me. #WomenBoycottTwitter,” wrote McGowan’s “Charmed” co-star Alyssa Milano.
While Anna Paquin tweeted, “#IStandWithRose .@rosemcgowan and all the other victims. #WomenBoycottTwitter tomorrow.” Twitter Safety, a sister concern of the social media giant, however, clarified saying McGowan’s account was “temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service”.
The thread further read, “The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.”
The microblogging site said it proudly empowers and supports the voices on its platform.
“We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices,” it added.
McGowan is one of the eight women who reached settlements with Weinstein in multiple sexual harassment allegations, according to The New York Times expose, following an incident in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.
Since the article came out, the actor has raised her voice against Weinstein.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.