French feminists who set up an anti-harassment phone line announced Tuesday they had been forced to shut it down after just three days because of a wave of insulting messages.
Activists Clara Gonzales and Elliot Lepers launched the “anti-relou” (anti-annoyance) mobile phone service Friday, encouraging women being hassled by insistent men to give its number out instead of their own.
If a man who refused to take “no” for an answer texted the fake number, he would receive an automatic response reading: “If a woman says no, there’s no point in insisting.”
Gonzales and Lepers said they axed the service late Monday after the number received “more than 20,000 insulting messages” over the course of a few hours.
The organisers were also targeted on Twitter with …