A group of celebrities and social activists have joined hands to boycott Twitter, following the temporary account suspension of actress Rose McGowan. The movie mogul was sacked last Sunday by the company he co-founded amid accusations that he sexually harassed or sexually assaulted women.
"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", said Twitter. He said the new rules will be announced next week, with the changes taking effect soon after. The platform will introduce new rules in the next few weeks on unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups and postings that glorify violence, Dorsey said. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.
"We stand with the fearless women and men who use Twitter to share their stories", Twitter said in the statement.
"Today we saw voices silencing themselves and voices speaking out because we're *still* not doing enough", he continued. We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates of our Terms of Service.
We've been working intensely over the past few months and focused today on making some critical decisions.
In 2017 we made it our top priority and made a lot of progress. McGowan, who has spoken out about being a victim of rape by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and many others didn't appear to buy Twitter's explanation.
Dorsey added that the new policies, aimed at "tweets that glorify violence", "hate symbols" and sexual harassment would be subject to stricter enforcement in the coming weeks.
Many vocal supporters of the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement met Dorsey's announcement with positivity, but others were also quick to point out how much time it took for these changes to be rolled out-and whether they will lead to meaningful change at Twitter. "More to share next week".
Twitter censored McGowan's account for a number of hours last week, and then claimed that it was because she broke its rules by sending out a telephone number.