Twitter to set new rules on unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence.
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— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2017
"We were silent. And they heard us," Milano tweeted.
"We all have a responsibility to support the voices of good and silence the voices of evil. @Twitter needs to do better. #womenboycottwitter," tweeted "Catfish" creator Nev Schulman.
But at the same time, there were also many who opposed the tweet because they believe women should speak up, not show the social media platform the silent treatment.
"So in a world where women are silenced, you want to protest by voluntarily silencing YOURSELF? Um. Yeah. Nah. #womenboycottwitter," one user tweeted.
See what Hollywood had to say about #WomenBoycott Twitter.
Taking a mental health break from Twitter. #WomenBoycottTwitter— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) October 13, 2017
Proudly joining #WomenBoycottTwitter for the next 24 hours even though Instagram doesn't properly capture my tone.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 13, 2017
I understand #WomenBoycottTwitter is well meaning, but I won't be participating. The woman it's meant to support said "BE MY VOICE" herself.— Natasha Negovanlis (@natvanlis) October 13, 2017
Respect to everyone participating in #WomenBoycottTwitter, it's just that my preferred form of protest is literally never shutting up— Jeva Lange (@Jee_vuh) October 13, 2017
And for now, I’m off Twitter. I’ll be back with more to say soon. And there is so very much to say. #WomenBoycottTwitter— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) October 13, 2017
I'm with her and her and her and her and her and her and her...#WomenBoycottTwitter— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) October 13, 2017
#WomenBoycottTwitter because we deserve it and so does Twitter. Shame on you— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 13, 2017
Tomorrow I follow the Women. #WomenBoycottTwitter— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 13, 2017
Calling white women allies to recognize conflict of #WomenBoycottTwitter for women of color who haven't received support on similar issues.— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 13, 2017
I'm in. Peace. Respect. Support. Going dark. Later 🐊s #WomenBoycottTwitter 💪🏾— Adina Porter (@AdinaPorter) October 13, 2017
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
It's #WomenBoycottTwitter so I'll remind dudes that tons of men are fucking monsters. Rest of us need to stand against sexual harassment.— Mark Ellis (@markellislive) October 13, 2017
So in a world where women are silenced, you want to protest by voluntarily silencing YOURSELF? Um. Yeah. Nah. #womenboycottwitter— Morven Christie (@morvenchristie) October 13, 2017
Instead of #womenboycottwitter why don't we bombard twitter. Give it hell. Get all up in it's face. Make some noise. Be brave. Fuck shit up.— amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) October 13, 2017
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I'm out. #womenboycottwitter— a. rye✊🏾 (@angela_rye) October 13, 2017