Twitter suspends account of Weinstein critic Rose McGowan

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Silence will speak volumes on Friday as a day long Twitter boycott has been organized to protest harassment and abuse against women on the social media platform.

McGowan responded to Affleck's claim this week that sexual assault allegations against Weinstein made him "sick" by accusing her former co-star of knowing about the producer's behaviour for years.

In response to the allegations, Weinstein's representative repeated denials regarding allegations of "non-consensual sex" and added: "He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counselling and rebuilding his life".

"But along with support came some backlash from women who disagreed with the boycott tactic and encouraged Twitter users to "#AmplifyWomen" instead.

"Twitter seems to be sending a message that they'd rather see us silenced than take real, meaningful action to fix a problem that's plagued Twitter since the beginning ... when Rose McGowan was temporarily blocked by Twitter, that amplified the perception of silencing victims of various forms of abuse".

In subsequent tweets, she urges Bezos to stop funding "alleged [pedophiles] and sexual harassers" in the industry.

McGowan's account was suspended Wednesday amidst a tweetstorm against the "Gigli" actor, who she said was well aware of Weinstein's pervy predilections. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. I said I was the proof. "We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future", the tweeted statement read. "We stand with the courageous women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices".

The New York Times earlier reported that McGowan was among the numerous women sexually harassed by Weinstein, who paid McGowan a financial settlement in 1997. #WomenBoycottTwitter. Not because of hate but because I love this platform and know it can be better.

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