Women are boycotting Twitter after Rose McGowan’s account was banned
A week ago, The New York Times shook up Hollywood when a story was published exposing decades of alleged sexual harassment and assault from critically acclaimed producer Harvey Weinstein. Every day since then, more and more high-profile women have publicly opened up about their experiences, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Cara Delevingne.
Now, after Rose McGowan was temporarily banned from Twitter, women are calling for a boycott of the service.
Rose McGowan came out with her account of abuse from Weinstein in 1997, in which she settled a sexual harassment suit for $100,000. This week, she called out actor Ben Affleck on Twitter for claiming to deny any knowledge of Weinstein’s actions. People speculated that this was why her account was banned.
Rose posted on Instagram last night that she’d been kicked off Twitter.
She asked her “Rose Army” to stand up and be her voice while she’s banned.
The Hollywood Reporter, however, said she was unlocked this morning, and Twitter says her account was only removed because she had included a private phone number in a tweet.
THR included a statement from Twitter spokesperson Kristin Binns, where she defends Twitter by saying the site empowers and supports the voices on their 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,” Binns said.
The Rose Army, however, has already taken action and planned a boycott of twitter to defend McGowan, by promoting the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter. Their goal is to make an impact on the social media platform, to eventually prevent it from banning any more important voices.