Many women and men on Twitter, including celebrities Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Banks and Gabrielle Union, are participating in a daylong boycott Friday against the social media platform in support of actress Rose McGowan, a vocal critic of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's behavior toward women.
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.
But groups of women voluntarily silencing themselves seems like a counterintuitive method of protesting exploitation and abuse that is largely protected by a "code of silence".
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Rose McGowan got back on Twitter this afternoon with a fury in her fingers.
Rose McGowan - one of many actresses to have spoken out about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse and harassment - has been slapped with a temporary suspension from Twitter. She added that if folks want to keep tweeting they should amplify women's work and voices instead. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing.
Her Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours yesterday for supposedly violating its community standards, which many interpreted as being linked to her fierce criticism of Ben Affleck and others. "We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future", the tweeted statement read.
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According to The Associated Press, McGowan past year said that she had been raped by a "studio head".
It isn't just women who are joining the boycott.
According to The New York Times article published last week, Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements over inappropriate behaviour with women, including McGowan. "I hope to see some meaningful changes come out of it, including better tools for dealing with dogpile-style harassment".
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