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Women want global boycott of Twitter


Mumbai : There was a global call for boycotting of Twitter, in its discriminatory rules especially against women. The renowned Hollywood actor Rose McGowan will be pleased to know he call for #boycotttwitter #womenboycotttwitter caught on in India too.

McGowan who has been in the news for speaking up for being a rape survivor. McGowan was a victim of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault and initially she received support only from another actor, Ashley Judd. She asked Ben Affleck to speak up who she said was aware of Weinstein’s excesses, which he denied and prompted which McGowan. On October 11, McGowan asked Ben Affleck to f#$%@ Off and later said, ‘You lie.” after which twitter safety blocked her account.

Twitter Safety handle defended its stand saying, “We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team. We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service.” Thereafter the users of Twitter globally called for a ban on twitter. McGowan on Thursday midnight called upon the women force saying, “At midnight we RISE.”

There have been many instances in India since the time Bharatiya Janta Party has come to power, when women, especially journalists have been badly trolled and threatened with sexual violent attacks. Women took to boycotting the social media platform.

Rega Jha‏ @RegaJha, Editor, Buzz Feed India said, “I’m logging off Twitter for 24 hours, starting 9:30am IST on Friday, to demand better anti-harassment policy. Join us!”

However, many women who have spoken up against such discrimination and attacks on women feel boycott is not the right means to tackle this menace. Owner of Bombay Style Garage, handle  @Achari_Nimboo, said, “Rather than #boycotttwitter , women should spam Twitter to show our strength. Running from situations won’t make us strong.”