Activists, celebrities and journalists were among those boycotting Twitter on Friday, after the social media platform suspended the account of the actress Rose McGowan, a vocal critic of Harvey Weinstein’s conduct.
The boycott started at midnight Thursday in New York and was set to last all day. Many signified they were taking part in the action with the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.
The idea was raised by Kelly Ellis, a software engineer, who tweeted that, in response to Ms. McGowan’s suspension, people should consider boycotting the platform.
“#WomenBoycottTwitter Friday, October 13th,” she wrote. “In solidarity w @rosemcgowan and all the victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support.”
Ms. McGowan announced on Wednesday that her Twitter account had been locked over violations of the platform’s terms of service. Twitter initially did not explain its decision, but it later said it had temporarily suspended the account because one of Ms. McGowan’s tweets had included a personal phone number, in violation of its rules.
Twitter clarified that the offending tweet had been removed, and that Ms. McGowan’s account had been unlocked. The company’s actions, however, continued to draw scrutiny, and critics said they highlighted a wider issue of curbing abuse online, especially toward women.
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