Tweet Roundup: Who Is Participating in #WomenBoycottTwitter?

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US film producer Harvey Weinstein poses during a photocall as he arrives to attend the De Grisogono Party on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in Antibes, near Cannes, southeastern France, on May 23.

Women and men across the world are boycotting Twitter today as a result of the accusations of sexual assault and harassment recently levied against movie studio mogul Harvey Weinstein, marked by the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.

Rose McGowan has been one of the most vocal accusers, tweeting that Weinstein had raped her in 1997 and calling out other actors and studio execs she told about the experience who stayed silent, including Ben Affleck and Amazon CEO Jeff Price. The actress was briefly suspended from Twitter  yesterday after she violated the social media platform’s terms of service by posting a phone number, according to a statement from the social media giant. But her supporters were quick to criticize Twitter for singling out McGowan when so many abusive comments and tweets directed toward women go unpunished.

A number of male and female celebrities have joined in the boycott, including Joss Whedon, Mark Ruffalo, Alyssa Milano, Chrissy Teigen, John Cusack, Kathy Griffin, and more:

Of course, the boycott has plenty of detractors, and they generally fall into two camps. First, people who are pointing out that if #WomenBoycottTwitter is trending because people are tweeting their support, is that really a boycott?

The second group of critics includes a number of prominent journalists and public figures, who have a more academic argument. Since Weinstein was able to perpetrate his abuse of young actresses due to a culture of silence that convinced him his actions were without consequences, they argue that voluntarily silencing yourself for the day runs counterproductive to the spirit of bringing truth to light.

Jess Phoenix, a Democratic candidate in California’s 25th congressional district, tweeted, “For years after I experienced sexual assault, I was silent. My attackers went unpunished. I will never be silent again.”

Senior Assistant Editor for the Times of India Aarti Tikoo Singh also wrote that she would not participate in the boycott, urging women instead to use their voices to “speak up”: “I am not boycotting @twitter Self-gagging is counter-productive if the objective is equal freedom of speech. #WomenBoycottTwitter speak up.”

A large number of Indian women have joined in the boycott; India is also currently in the midst of a national debate about rape culture after a several violent cases have rocked the country, sparking protests.

But comedian Kathy Griffin, often a subject of censure herself, has a message for the critics. She says the boycott is not about raising awareness for women, but rather an attempt to hit Twitter where it hurts: in the money.

Others shared Griffin’s viewpoint, calling out the social media platform for failing to enforce its policies against abuse and harassment.

And, of course, no Twitter trend would be complete without someone taking home the crown for best joke. Here’s our nominee:

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al92lt1

Mr. Mayor, you are a true whack job. Please no emails, give me your email address.

JOHN MAYOR

Mr. al92lt1, or Mr. Twit, “whack job” isn’t a “techn(ic) term”!… as a supporter and/ or an employee of Twitter, you more than likely have no concept of, nor an appreciation of, a Digital Human Right!… and, you can send me an email at, FACEREALITY(AT)al92lt1TheTwit(dot)ComeOn!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

JOHN MAYOR

TWITTER ANTHROPOCOTT
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I’m not impressed by the “FAUXIAL MEDIA TOOL” known as “TWITter”!… whose creators would have us believe that it is a “socially organic creation” by our “organic society (i.e., our ‘unbranded society’!… that/ which ISN’T acting in the G-U-I-S-E, of being ‘organic’!)”! “TWITter” is a “KERDOS MEDIA TOOL”!… i.e., it is a “FOR PROFIT MEDIA TOOL” P-R-E-T-E-N-D-I-N-G to be a “socially created media tool”!… and a tool, that WE ALL SHOULD be paying attention to!
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“TWITter” isn’t given its tag for nothing!… but, I can’t figure out why a transaction is called a “tweet”! I guess the OBVIOUS TWITter ascription for its transaction, is reserved for a person who implements said transaction!
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I have NO INTENTION of using this FAUXIAL MEDIA TOOL… NOR CATERING TO ITS SUBSCRIBERS!… i.e., until: a) it’s based upon Free and Open Source Software (FOSSware); b) it adheres to A-L-L O-U-R Digital Human Rights; c) it is COST-FREE (given the said VITAL NATURE of its technoma… and so, should be available to a POOR SOUL on a rooftop, and not just to someone who subscribes to its “clique services”!– AND, A-T A P-R-I-C-E!); and d), it is given a more “user-friendly” name!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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