#WomenBoycottTwitter protest erupts over Rose McGowan's suspension

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Ben Affleck with Harvey Weinstein

In the wake of Rose McGowan's temporary suspension from Twitter, many women - including some celebrities - made a decision to join the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest on Friday in support of victims of sexual assault who have been silenced in the past.

Canadian-born actor Anna Paquin welcomed any men who wish to show their support under the trending hash tag #WomenBoycottTwitter.

Weinstein has denied through a spokeswoman any allegations of non-consensual contact.

The company's actions continued to draw scrutiny, and critics said they highlighted a wider issue of curbing abuse online, especially toward women.

In the latest turn in the Weinstein scandal, people are now calling for a day-long boycott of Twitter on Friday October 13 (US time) in response to the suspension of Rose McGowan's account.




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 in her tweet about Affleck: "You lie". "I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT" you said that to my face.

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.

"Over & over I said it", McGowan wrote. "We stand with the fearless women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices", it added. "I said I was the proof", she claimed, later confirming to The Hollywood Reporter that the initials in her tweet belonged to Weinstein.

McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997 following an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival, The New York Times revealed this week. "I hope to see some meaningful changes come out of it, including better tools for dealing with dogpile-style harassment".

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