Oct 13, 2017

Why are some women boycotting Twitter?

Many women have declared they will boycott Twitter on Friday, in solidarity with Rose McGowan, whose account was temporarily suspended. A number of high-profile women were among those calling for a boycott, with several highlighting examples of abuse they had suffered online which had not resulted in the suspension of perpetrators' accounts. Minutes after model Chrissy Teigen tweeted her support for the boycott she shared examples of the abuse she had received online in response, some of it sexually explicit. Others, including director Ava DuVernay, suggested non-white women in similar positions had frequently not received the same level of support. "Calling white women allies to recognise conflict of #WomenBoycottTwitter for women of colous who haven't received support on similar issues," she tweeted.

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