What to know about the #MeTheater scandal article The latest #MeToWatch controversy has forced Twitter to suspend accounts that are believed to be linked to the movement, with the social media giant saying it will review its policies and processes “to prevent these types of actions from occurring again.”
The social media platform suspended the accounts of accounts associated with #MeItsAwful hashtag last week following a Twitter user posting about a rape on campus, with several women who posted to the account later reporting sexual assaults to police.
Twitter later suspended the account of @britneyfreedman, who posted a photo of a man who had assaulted a woman in a public restroom.
A number of other women have since filed complaints with the police against men they say have sexually assaulted them, and in August, a judge ruled that #MeIt’sAwful was not a protected expression.
But it’s unclear whether any of the women’s claims of rape and assault are considered covered by the First Amendment.
Twitter said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly that it was taking the investigation “very seriously” and that it would “review its policies on the issue of #Me ItsAwful.”
“The #Meitysawful movement has been a source of concern and controversy on Twitter, with women reporting sexual assault, harassment and abuse to our community,” Twitter said in the statement.
“We take our investigation very seriously and are looking into the matter.”
In September, Twitter also suspended accounts of a group of “activists” who had accused the hashtag of “promoting a culture of violence against women,” but those accounts were restored later that month.
Twitter has also suspended dozens of accounts that linked to a number of “anti-white” hashtags, including #WhiteGenocide, #WhiteSupremacy, #ProudRacism, #Trump2016, #Tilicious.
In addition to these accounts, Twitter has also banned several Twitter accounts associated in recent days with the #GamerGate hashtag, a Twitter-backed campaign for ethics in games journalism that sparked an outcry last year.
Twitter’s actions against #Gamergate have been controversial.
Some gamers have argued that the hashtag was created to help them combat the “social justice warrior” narrative that claims women are not capable of artistic expression.
The hashtag has also been used to push anti-Semitic attacks and other social injustices, with many critics of #GamerGaters accusing Twitter of censorship.
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