#WomenBoycottTwitter Sexual harassment in the workplace is a hot topic in Hollywood as the Harvey Weinstein scandal unfolds. While some celebrities seem jaded, others are optimistic about solving the problem. USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO — Some women — and men — are mad at Twitter and they are not going to take it anymore.
They are calling for a one-day boycott of the social media service to protest the treatment of actress Rose McGowan, who had her account temporarily locked after a series of tweets about Harvey Weinstein’s misconduct toward women, including her. McGowan settled a sexual harassment suit with Weinstein in 1997 for $100,000.
“TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE,” McGowan wrote on her Instagram page, including a snapshot of the message she received from Twitter that she would only be able to send direct messages for 12 hours unless she deleted tweets that violated Twitter rules.
In a series of tweets WomenBoycott, the San Francisco company explained that one of McGowan’s tweets included a private phone number. Once the tweet had been deleted, Twitter unlocked the account.
“We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future,” the company said WomenBoycott.