Friday saw American actor Rose McGowan’s account being briefly suspended for supposedly violating its terms and policies.
Interestingly, McGowan had been instrumental in mobilizing voices on Twitter against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Now, women, and men alike, are calling for a 24-hour boycott of the microblogging site post the suspension. The producer faces serious allegations of sexual misconduct against a generation of actors in Hollywood.
McGowan who got a lot of fame as Paige Matthews in the supernatural series Charmed not only tweeted her support for Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuse survivors but has been actively calling out other alleged sexual predators in Hollywood.
The actor had tweeted about allegations of rape against the producer, a charge that he flatly denies.
Twitter soon addressed the situation and said that the account was suspended because it included a telephone number which was in violation to Twitters code of conduct.
We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan's team. We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service. 1/3— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017
However, Twitter’s suspension and subsequent explanation disgruntled a larger section of the society with many calling for a 24-hour boycott with the hashtag #womenboycotttwitter becoming one of the biggest trends of the day.
Wait, so Twitter suspended Rose McGowan's account but not Trump's, who bullies people and sends death threats?— Ron Frightcisco (@ohhieverybody) October 12, 2017
Individuals opting out doesn't seem to make a dent. What if #WomenBoycottTwitter for one day (along with men who stand with us?)— Kelly Ellis (@justkelly_ok) October 12, 2017
In support of all those ladies who are boycotting @twitter for 24 hours for a better anti-harassment policy. I’ll be back tomorrow.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 13, 2017