The microblogging website Twitter is at the centre of a gender discrimination fiasco, after the exposure of a secret policy which allows male users to post tweets of up to 150 characters in length – whilst its abject female members contend with a limit of just 140.
The scandal was uncovered earlier this week, when multiple attempts to retweet one of her boyfriend’s posts all ended in failure, for 20-year-old Australian student Carla Clarke.
Once the penny dropped, she contacted Tasmanian Womyn Are Tenacious – her local women’s rights organisation, who then proceeded to kick up one hell of a fuss.
With rapid speed, feminist organisations all around the globe began joining the shrill chorus of condemnation – piling the pressure on Twitter’s administrative team.
Several prominent British feminists have participated in the protest action, such as the author Gillian Roberts. Writing on her blog, the 53-year-old accused Twitter of displaying “flagrant misogyny” and alleged that the policy is part of a “femicidal plot to exterminate the female race”.
All attempts to contact Twitter have been unsuccessful since the outbreak of the scandal. Rumours abound that the company’s staff are currently holed up in Nevada, engaged in team bonding activities at the Moonlight Bunny Ranch.