Breakfast Briefing, 10.13.2017: #WomenBoycottTwitter tops trending topics

Thousands of women are swearing off the microblogging platform in support of actress Rose McGowan. Plus: a top Samsung executive quits and Uber fights for its driver's license in London.

Actress Rose McGowan. (Photo credit: Getty Images).
Actress Rose McGowan. (Photo credit: Getty Images).

Boycott tops Twitter trends (and its worries). #WomenBoycottTwitter was the number one topic on the microblogging platform on Friday morning. The hashtag is being driven by people who are upset about the company’s treatment of actress Rose McGowan, whose account was suspended on Wednesday night after she began tweeting about sexual assault. Activists are calling for a 24-hour boycott of Twitter beginning on Friday at midnight, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Samsung electronics CEO quits. Kwon Oh-hyun has said he will resign from the company next March, saying Samsung is facing an "unprecedented crisis." While he did not elaborate, Kwon is likely referencing the imprisonment of top Samsung executive Lee Jae-yon on corruption charges, according to The Verge.

Uber tries to get its license back. The technology company has appealed Transportation for London’s decision to decline to renew its license after it found the ride-hailing app "not fit to operate" in the British capital. A hearing is likely to take place on December 11, according to CNBC.

The latest on the Weinstein crisis. Police in the U.S. and the U.K. are investigating sexual assault claims against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Actress Rose McGowan accused Weinstein of rape this week, and Kate Beckinsale said Weinstein behaved inappropriately towards her when she was 17 years old. Amazon has suspended the head of its production studio after sexual harassment allegations.

Today in Trump. President Donald Trump is set to cut off subsidiaries to insurers through the Affordable Care Act, a move that experts say could send premiums soaring for millions of Americans. He tweeted on Friday morning that Democrats have ownership of healthcare and they should approach him to fix it. Trump is also set to announce a more combative policy on Iran on Friday.

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