Why are women boycotting Twitter on Friday?

Friday, 13 October 2017, 05:41:50 PM. The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter has gained support from high-profile celebrities.

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Rose McGowan, the actor and film director, has inspired a global movement against Twitter after the social media network briefly suspended her account.

McGowan, 44, revealed that she was unable to post tweets Wednesday after speaking out about the alleged abuse of women by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Twitter said Thursday it did not suspend McGowan’s account because of her allegations regarding Weinstein, but because she violated the platform’s terms of service by posting “a private phone number.”

However, many Twitter users quickly pointed out that Twitter has not historically taken action against other users who have posted offensive material. Some tweeted that President Donald Trump once gave out the phone number of U.S. senator Lindsey Graham—though this was not shared over Twitter.

On Friday, women, and indeed men, are vowing to stand in solidarity with McGowan and protest Twitter’s purported “silencing” of women by boycotting Twitter.

The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter has gained support from high-profile celebrities including Thor: Ragnarok star Mark Ruffalo and Chrissy Teigen.

However, other Twitter users, including filmmaker Ava Duvernay, questioned why there wasn’t similar outrage for other women, including the embattled ESPN host Jemele Hill, who was suspended from the network for an anti-Trump tweet.

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