Rose McGowan—a woman who has bravely been using her platform to speak out against sexual harassment and assault—was recently suspended from Twitter for violating their terms of service. While the company claims McGowan posted a tweet with a private number in it, even the appearance of silencing a woman who is standing up for victims of assault is monumentally messed up—and celebrities are taking a stand.
At midnight we RISE https://t.co/ihKLLczUwwOctober 13, 2017
Following McGowan's call for a Twitter boycott (#WomenBoycottTwitter) on October 13, some of the platform's loudest and best voices like Chrissy Teigen, Amber Tamblyn and Ava DuVernay will be going quiet in solidarity and support.
Ladies. Let's do this. #WomenBoycottTwitter. Not because of hate but because I love this platform and know it can be better.October 13, 2017
Tomorrow. No secret timeline checking, no tweets, no clicking the bluebird square. They need to see we matter.October 13, 2017
I'm boycotting for many reasons. To stand with the victims of sexual assault, online threats and abuse. And...October 13, 2017
...to boycott the fact our demented, pussy grabbing president can tweet nuclear threats of war I can't even see.October 13, 2017
Tomorrow I follow the Women. #WomenBoycottTwitterOctober 13, 2017
I stand in solidarity with all women, and all victims of sexual harassment/assault. #WomenBoycottTwitter @Twitter I’m out.October 13, 2017
Tomorrow (Friday the 13th) will be the first day in over 10 years that I won’t tweet. Join me. #WomenBoycottTwitter pic.twitter.com/xoEt5Bwj5sOctober 13, 2017
Calling white women allies to recognize conflict of #WomenBoycottTwitter for women of color who haven't received support on similar issues.October 13, 2017
#IStandWithRose .@rosemcgowan and all the other victims. #WomenBoycottTwitter tomorrow. https://t.co/XTXtFMv2CMOctober 13, 2017
And for now, I’m off Twitter. I’ll be back with more to say soon. And there is so very much to say. #WomenBoycottTwitterOctober 13, 2017
I'm with you. And you. And you. And you. Peace. #WomenBoycottTwitter https://t.co/iyedLECvffOctober 13, 2017
Proudly joining #WomenBoycottTwitter for the next 24 hours even though Instagram doesn't properly capture my tone.October 13, 2017
Let's show them boys and girls. #WomenBoycottTwitter Ps. Happy birthday @lulahinthesky!!! Since it's tomorrow. 😬 pic.twitter.com/cJqFjM0RZIOctober 13, 2017
Twitter has yet to comment on the matter, but here's what they had to say after suspending McGowan's account: "Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. 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." They also added that they'll be "clearer" about their policies in the future.
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