Breakfast Briefing, 10.16.2017: Women push back against sexual harassment with #MeToo
#MeToo. Prompted by the flood of allegations against fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, women are sharing their own stories of dealing with inappropriate behavior by using the #MeToo hashtag on social media. Actress Alyssa Milano has been credited with getting the ball rolling on the social media movement over the weekend.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
The latest on Weinstein: What to watch today. The Producers Guild of America will hold an emergency meeting on Monday, and will likely vote to kick Weinstein out of the group. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, voted on Saturday to expel Weinstein, vowing that “the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”
The latest in the Kaepernick saga. Free agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the league’s owners, claiming collusion is keeping him from landing a roster spot. The filing will result in an arbitration hearing on the matter, according to ESPN.
Twitter vows crackdown. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, is again vowing to get tough on “unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence.” Dorsey’s string of tweets on the issue came after the #WomenBoycottTwitter hashtag started trending on Friday, according to Campaign. Plus: It’s this easy to target groups of people on Facebook with fake news, via Mashable.
1/ We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years.
— jack (@jack) October 14, 2017
Ever wondered how ‘new holidays’ like #NationalDoughnutDay become a thing? No shocker: there’s an agency behind them. PR Hacker is the shop behind National Today, a website that rounds up lesser-known holidays and publicizes them to the media via a newsletter and network of influencers, according to CNBC.