Rose McGowan's Temporary Twitter Lock-Out Inspires #WomenBoycottTwitter Movement

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The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter has been circulating across the social media service since a software engineer named Kelly Ellis reportedly raised the idea of the boycott. The sanctions came after the Charmed and Nip/Tuck star talked about the Weinstein allegations.

Actress Rose McGowan has accused Ben Affleck of lying over his prior knowledge of producer Harvey Weinstein's predatory sexual behaviour - and had her Twitter account frozen as a result.

She included a message from Twitter saying she would only be able to send direct messages from her account unless she deleted tweets that violated Twitter rules. The social network's lack of transparency has led to a great deal of frustration and confusion.

Her account was reinstated on Thursday, and Twitter chiefs claimed she was suspended for tweeting a private phone number, but users were still outraged.

She had tweeted, "Women fight on".

While McGowan has avoided addressing her past with Weinstein directly, she has often seemingly referenced it.

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Filmmaker Ava added her voice to the campaign, and highlighted the abuse women of color have reported to Twitter staff.

When McGowan re-emerged on Twitter Thursday, she wrote, "HW raped me". "We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future", the tweeted statement read.

"She had been tweeting powerfully about sexual harassment and bias in Hollywood, and her own experience as a survivor of sexual assault, and she spoke for many women who felt they couldn't", said Heidi N. Moore, a New York-based business editor, who was among the first to popularize the boycott.

It isn't just women who are joining the boycott.

Twitter has faced frequent criticism for failing to address the torrents of abusive comments directed at women, minorities and those who speak out against abuse. Many of them, she said, were well aware of his predatory nature, and she called them out by name.

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