In solidarity with Rose McGowan’s bravery as the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to unfold, women and men in Hollywood and beyond are boycotting Twitter today (Friday, October 13th). It’s a direct response to the systematic & institutionalized silencing of women over too many decades. The boycott is also meant to send a message to the media giant, who yesterday had the audacity to suspend McGowan’s Twitter account, where she has been on the forefront of what can only be described as a revolution.
Of the boycott, Melanie Ehrenkranz of Gizmodo writes:
The idea for the boycott was first floated by software engineer Kelly Ellis, who saw it as a way to show solidarity for McGowan. Many were quick to point out that McGowan was seemingly silenced for speaking up about systemic harassment while the leader of the free world continues to fire off tweets that have the potential to start a nuclear war. Eventually, Twitter said it limited McGowan’s activity because doxing is against its terms of service, but the company’s selective enforcement of its policies has left many women (and men) fed up enough to protest the platform tomorrow.
McGowan’s suspension was certainly the catalyst for the boycott, but Twitter’s lack of transparency, and its anti-harassment efforts that perplexingly ignore some if its most vulnerable users, are ultimately driving many off the platform for the day.
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All of us here at Horror Freak News support those participating in today’s boycott of Twitter. If you are participating, you can get horror updates on our Facebook Page, HERE. While it’s a resource many horror fans consider indispensable, there are some serious issues that need to be addressed in terms of company culture. Hopefully, the end result will be that Twitter becomes a force of change, unfettered by oppressive ideologies.
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