Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington Join Twitter Boycott Over Rose McGowan's Suspension
- Author: Kyle Peterson Oct 14, 2017,
Oct 14, 2017, 0:25
Twitter also played a role in the recent controversy over ESPN reporter Jemele Hill, who was suspended from her job for violating ESPN's social media guidelines a second time with her tweets about National Football League protests.
Twitter later restored the account, explaining that McGowan had been locked out because one of her tweets included a private phone number, which violated the company's terms of service.
Since the allegations against Weinstein came to light, McGowan has called out many other Hollywood insiders, including Ben Affleck.
"We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan's team", Twitter's chief spokesperson told The Times in an email Thursday. "The boycott shows Twitter that they can't ignore this problem any longer".
Chrissy Teigen is a frequent tweeter who has had a rocky relationship with social media.
In a series of tweets to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, the Charmed alum, 44, identified her alleged assailant by name for the first time.
McGowan joined in on the boycott, tweeting: "At midnight we RISE".
Filmmaker Ava added her voice to the campaign, and highlighted the abuse women of color have reported to Twitter staff.
In its response to McGowan on Thursday, Twitter said it would be "clearer about these policies and decisions in the future". "We stand with the courageous women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices", Twitter tweeted.
Twitter has faced frequent criticism for failing to address the torrents of abusive comments directed at women, minorities and those who speak out against abuse.
"Some visible users have left the platform, but it hasn't seemed to make Twitter sit up and take notice".
The idea is the brainchild of software engineer Kelly Ellis in defense of actress Rose McGowan and "all the victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support".