Protest by some Twitter users over online abuse of women has led to confusion on the application.
Heidi Moore and Modupe Moe Odele are among the many promoters of the protest who had declared a 24-hour women silence on Twitter.
April 9th, 2021 has been set aside by Heidi Moore, an editor at the Guardian News for all interested women to be silent on Twitter by not tweeting, retweeting, and liking any post.
Explaining why the Twitter boycott is necessary, Heidi said in a multiple of tweets that the operation will force the organisation to review its policies on gender-based harassment.
According to her, the boycott will affect the activities on the application, and this is likely to affect Its daily revenue.
“To understand why a boycott works it’s important to understand Twitter’s business model. Every time you tweet, the company makes money. It sells you, the tweeter, to advertisers. Here is how Twitter Inc makes money. As you can see, it’s from advertising. What advertisers look for is: How much activity is on Twitter?”
Citing a past success of Twitter boycott, Heidi confirms that the application rolled out new rules in 2017 when a lot of women using the application joined Hollywood actress, Rose McGowan, in protest against sexual harassment.
Speaking on the protest, Modupe Moe Odele, promoter of the #EndSARS protest, said “abuse of women online causes mental harm to women and has led many women to make their accounts private, engage with anonymous profiles or even leave the platform all together.”
“Although people of all genders can experience violence and abuse online, the abuse experienced by women is often sexist or misogynistic in nature, and online threats of violence against women are often sexualized and include specific references to women’s bodies,” she added.
Moe added that “Twitter has been a vehicle for drawing attention to social ills and more women have increasingly used the platform to express their views on sexism and misogyny. According to Pew Research, the most prolific twitter users are more likely to be women.”
This call to action has generated controversial responses from Twitter users, most especially among women who sees it as a form of feminism.
@nika77623721 tweeted; Do they even know the meaning of boycott ? They shouldn’t login at all, whats the meaning of scrolling through and DM is ok but not tweets, retweets or likes 🤣🤣 feminist please don’t login at all and y’all won’t be missed
@love_ibanga tweeted “So if tomorrow finish nko Will there be difference? Make una dey gettat.”
@Alero_Ejeye said “Tweeting on the 9th of April because I don’t send your daddy