#WomanBoycottTwitter as Rose McGowan's account gets suspended

Peter Castro
October 14, 2017

On Wednesday, Twitter reinstated McGowan's access and explained she'd been suspended for breaking its rules by "including a private phone number" in one of her tweets.

Weinstein's spokesperson denied the latest accusation in a statement to CNN.

So, in response to #WomenBoycottTwitter, two hashtags have started making the rounds Friday, both aimed at lifting the voices of women, of color or not, that have been silenced for too long: #AmplifyWomen and #WOCAffirmation.

Share this article: Rose McGowan of Los Angeles in 2008. She was suspended from sending tweets, retweets and liking messages, though her account remained visible to users.

The idea for the boycott was suggested in a tweet by engineer Kelly Ellis as a way to show solidarity for actress Rose McGowan and "all the victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support". "I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT" you said that to my face.

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Twitter said Ms McGowan's account had been temporarily locked because one of her tweets violated its terms of service.

"Over & over I said it", McGowan wrote. Quite a few Twitter users noticed the company seems to have an exceptionally arbitrary and unclear policy on suspending accounts.

According to The Associated Press, McGowan a year ago said that she had been raped by a "studio head". "We stand with the courageous women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices".

McGowan, in 1997, reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an incident at the Sundance Film Festival.

"She had been tweeting powerfully about sexual harassment and bias in Hollywood, and her own experience as a survivor of sexual assault, and she spoke for many women who felt they couldn't", said Heidi N. Moore, a New York-based business editor, who was among the first to popularize the boycott.

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