In addition to tweeting her support for Mr Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse survivors, Ms McGowan has actively been calling out other alleged sexual predators in the industry as well.
Hours ago, in a tweet, the actor accused the producer of rape, an allegation he has flatly denied. Earlier, it had been reported that the former Charmed star had reached an undisclosed settlement with the Hollywood mogul in 1997 after an alleged incident in a hotel room which prevented her from discussing it publicly.
Twitter addressed the suspension of Ms McGowan's account in a series of tweets, explaining it was the result of Ms McGowan posting someone's private phone number.
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. 1/3— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017
But Twitter's explanation angered many who pointed out the company's policies were not consistently enforced across all users.
This led to many women calling for a 24-hour boycott of Twitter.
Individuals opting out doesn't seem to make a dent. What if #WomenBoycottTwitter for one day (along with men who stand with us?)— Kelly Ellis (@justkelly_ok) October 12, 2017
I'm not a woman but would gladly join that boycott— Scott Menor (@smenor) October 12, 2017
#womenboycottTwitter is about— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) October 13, 2017
1. Fast enforcement of anti-abuse policies
2. Ways to report multiple abusive accounts
3. Respecting women
The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter is currently among the top trends on Twitter. Plenty of celebrities are throwing their weight behind the movement.
Ladies. Let's do this. #WomenBoycottTwitter. Not because of hate but because I love this platform and know it can be better.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 13, 2017
Tomorrow I follow the Women. #WomenBoycottTwitter— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 13, 2017
In India, among those prominently supporting the boycott is former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
In support of all those ladies who are boycotting @twitter for 24 hours for a better anti-harassment policy. I'll be back tomorrow.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) October 13, 2017
Whether the growing movement forces Twitter to rethink the way it applies its harassment and safety policies remains to be seen.
Click for more trending news