Now one of the trending hashtags on Twitter is “#WomenBoycottTwitter”. Women call for a boycott of Twitter today in support of Rose McGowan, whose Twitter account was temporarily locked after tweeting about Harvey Weinstein. Rose McGowan is one of the most high-profile voices against Harvey Weinstein. She accused Ben Affleck of lying about Weinstein scandal. Women on Twitter declared that they boycott the platform on October 13. The Harvey Weinstein scandal rocked Hollywood and now the other stars are also getting caught up in the controversy. Rose McGowan Tweeted, “@benaffleck “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.”
McGowan said on her Instagram that her Twitter account had been suspended for 12 hours. So women on Twitter call for raising voice while she was barred from tweeting. The idea for the boycott was first floated by software engineer Kelly Ellis, who saw it as a way to show solidarity for McGowan. Many were quick to point out that McGowan was seemingly silenced for speaking up about systemic harassment while the leader of the free world continues to fire off tweets that have the potential to start a nuclear war. However, McGowan’s account was unlocked this morning. Today morning, Rose McGowan tweeted, “At midnight we RISE”. Twitter said it was only suspended in the first place because one of her tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service. #WomenBoycottTwitter today, encouraging women, and those who consider themselves allies, to avoid the platform for all of tomorrow, Friday the 13th of October.