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#WomenBoycottTwitter raises the issue of who gets to find solidarity in a hashtag

The Verge Rose McGowanRose McGowanMatt DamonMatt DamonHarvey WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein
Friday, 13 October 2017 ()

#WomenBoycottTwitter raises the issue of who gets to find solidarity in a hashtagLast night, some Twitter users began calling for a 24-hour boycott of the platform to show support for victims of sexual assault. The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter is trending right now, as the boycott is underway. But with its supporters offline, the hashtag is mostly being used by users who disagree with the boycott as an effective solidarity tactic.

The boycott is a response to Twitter’s recent suspension of actress Rose McGowan, following a New York Times report earlier this week that detailed decades of sexual assault and harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. McGowan was particularly vocal on Twitter, condemning Weinstein and calling out actors like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for protecting him. Yesterday, McGowan’s...
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Thousands are rallying in support of actress Rose McGowan and calling for a Twitter boycott after her account was temporarily suspended as she used the social media platform to advocate against sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood.Many used the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter as the call to...

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