While many were criticizing the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter on Friday, since there were plenty of women tweeting about it instead of boycotting the social media platform, the movement does seem to have been effective.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced last night his company will introduce several "aggressive" new rules in response to the boycott, which was sparked by Rose McGowan's account being locked for posting a private phone number in a tweet. Many, however, believed she was targeted by Twitter for speaking out against men in Hollywood who she believes helped cover up the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.
"We see voices being silences on Twitter every day. We've been working to counteract this for the past 2 years. We prioritized this in 2016. We updated our policies and increased the size of our teams. It wasn't enough. In 2017 we made it our top priority and made a lot of progress," Dorsey said in a series of tweets.
"Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we're still not doing enough. We've been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on make some critical decisions," he continued. "We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them," he added. "New rules around unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence."
On Saturday, McGowan tweeted her appreciation for the women who participated in the 24-hour boycott.
to the women who boycotted, and the #woc who spoke up: I commend you for your disruption, dissent, and for hearing we who have been silenced