Thursday 19 September 2019

Why these women are refusing to join the Twitter boycott

Some argue that women should use Twitter to amplify their voice rather than be silenced.

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By Nicola Irwin

Defiant women are refusing to join a 24-hour Twitter boycott saying silence will not help them to spread their message.

Instead of ditching the social media platform, rival protesters says people should embrace the technology to make their voice heard – rather than retreat into silence.

One woman identified as Maz tweeted: “Quitting Twitter a whole day won’t make it better. being silent is sometimes the worst thing to do. Raise your voice.”

The original #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign followed the suspension of actress Rose McGowan’s own account on the site.

She had been vocal in speaking out against shamed film producer Harvey Weinstein and had also directed her ire at Ben Affleck.

Twitter initially said she had broken the site’s terms of service – posting a private phone number – before her suspension was lifted early.

Her situation prompted supporters – including men – to stay silent and not post on the site for a whole day as a form of protest. It drew support from celebs including Anna Paquin and Christine Teigen.

But those still using the site called that boycott crazy.

They questioned if silence was the right way to make a protest about having a voice.

Brittany Pole wrote: “Let’s speak up about injustice and get our voices heard.”

Those arguing in favour of the boycott explained that it would cost Twitter money. That’s because the network generates income via people seeing adverts meaning it’s in the company’s interest for users to stay on the site or app for longer.

Others have said the boycott sends a message to the company that people are not happy with some of its policies.

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