Celebrities Boycott Twitter After Rose McGowan's Suspension

Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein Keep Getting Worse

After Twitter Inc. briefly suspended actress Rose McGowan’s account, a group of celebrities, activists and regular concerned people banded together to boycott the social-media platform.

Software engineer Kelly Ellis proposed that users protest the suspension by avoiding Twitter for one day and announce their decision with the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter. Celebrities including Chrissy Teigen, Alyssa Milano, John Cusack and Mark Ruffalo joined the movement.

McGowan had been tweeting actively about Harvey Weinstein, whose decades-long conduct of harassing women and paying settlements for silence was revealed in a New York Times investigation last week. McGowan, who says she was one of the victims, saw her account blocked Wednesday, causing a flurry of criticism of Twitter’s policies and highlighting wider issues of abuse on the platform. The company later clarified that one of McGowan’s tweets had included a personal phone number -- leading to the temporary ban -- and unlocked the account after it was removed.

Twitter, which promised to become more transparent in the future, has been under fire for policies that result in seemingly incongruous decisions. The permanent ban last year of alt-right voice Milo Yiannopoulos after a prolonged campaign of abuse toward comedian Leslie Jones resulted in supporters calling foul and critics asking why it didn’t happen earlier. Many users have also been criticizing Twitter for not suspending President Donald Trump after tweets they argue violate the platform’s terms of service.

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