Why are some women boycotting Twitter?

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However, a short time later the star took to Instagram and Facebook to share that her Twitter feed had been suspended for 12 hours, for violating the social media sites' rules. The social network's lack of transparency has led to a great deal of frustration and confusion. Twitter has since told The Guardian the suspension was due to McGowan tweeting a private phone number, which is against Twitter's terms of service.

While the notification McGowan posted does not cite any specific posts, the actress (who starred in the WB's Charmed from 2001 to 2006) had sent angry tweets to Ben Affleck after the actor posted Weinstein's alleged actions "made him sick".

Minutes after model Chrissy Teigen tweeted her support for the boycott she shared examples of the abuse she had received online in response, some of it sexually explicit.

McGowan included a screenshot of her Twitter account with a message from the company.

Before the day-long protest began, celebrities spoke out in unity with McGowan and the dozens of women who have come forward with their stories of Weinstein involving sexual harassment or assault. The company said Thursday it will "be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future". "Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the fearless women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices", Twitter tweeted.

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That has clearly failed, as evidenced by its continued push to remove all Jewish references to religious sites in the Holy Lands. An Arab-backed UNESCO resolution a year ago condemned Israeli's policies at religious sites in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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

Representatives for Twitter declined to comment Thursday.

Rose McGowan said late Wednesday that Twitter had suspended her from tweeting.

According to The New York Times article published last week, Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements over inappropriate behaviour with women, including McGowan.

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