Earlier this week, amidst the numerous accusations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, Rose McGowan’s Twitter account was suspended. In an act of solidarity, other celebrities are coming together to boycott Twitter on McGowan’s behalf.
Twitter notified McGowan on Wednesday that her account had been suspended — allegedly due to the inclusion of a private phone number in one of her tweets, which technically violates site policy.
And while McGowan’s account has since been restored, many celebrities were quick to show their outrage over the way Twitter handled the situation, as well as the site’s general lack of action regarding sexual harassment on their platform. Software engineer Kelly Ellis initially came up with the idea to boycott for a day, suggesting the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.
And so far, #WomenBoycottTwitter has reached a huge audience, including McGowan’s Charmed costar, Alyssa Milano.
Boycotting Twitter is a way to stand against the system. But some argue that going silent may not be helpful during a time when the world is listening to those who have been assaulted or marginalized in their industry.
Others have noted that the boycott will not keep women silent, it’s to prove that Twitter users have power. The fewer clicks on the site, the less money the site makes…which incentivizes them to listen to users and make concrete changes to their platform.
We stand in support of every woman (and man) taking action to bring positive change, and applaud the bravery of every victim speaking out on this issue.