Here's Why Some Black Women Aren't Here For #WomenBoycottTwitter

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Why Chrissy Teigen, Mark Ruffalo, and Ava Duvernay are Boycotting Twitter Today

Dorsey seems bothered by the #WomenBoycottTwitter boycott that took place Friday, when some users protested over the company's decision to suspend actress Rose McGowan's account earlier this week. 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.

Dorsey tweeted that "we see voices being silenced on Twitter every day".

McGowan, 44, revealed that she was unable to post tweets Wednesday after speaking out about the alleged abuse of women by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. "We've been working to counteract this for the past 2 years", Dorsey wrote in a series of posts, adding, according to The Hill, "We made a decision to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them".

Twitter's enforcement of its own rules around behaviour and harassment have become a hotbed of controversy in the past few months.

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. We prioritized this in 2016.

In a series of tweets, Dorsey acknowledged that Twitter is "still not doing enough" to restrict abusive or harassing content. "More to share next week".

"We're reconsidering our verification policies". The social media platform later explained that it was because of a tweet containing a personal phone number, which it appears the actress deleted.

Women of color have been some of the biggest critics of the hashtag and boycott, questioning why they should join when similar issues of harassment against black and brown women on Twitter (including Jemele Hill and Leslie Jones) have gone largely unnoticed by their white peers.

Even though the protest received positive reviews from many corners, some people criticized the campaign, stating that the protest was initiated just because of the fact that Rose McGowan is a celebrity. While details are a little thin on the ground, he's promising more information next week.

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