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Social Media Reacts to #MeToo Movement as TIME's 2017 Person of the Year

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The Silence Breakers who started the anti-harassment movement spurred on by the hashtag #MeToo have been named by TIME as its Person of the Year 2017, triggering various responses online.

Five women pose for the front cover — Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift and Isabel Pascual — with the text printed alongside: 'The Silence Breakers. The voices that launched a movement.'

#MeToo has been used millions of times over in 85 countries, exposing harassment at the heart of Hollywood and groping and assault across the globe in every walk of life.

"Along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, "have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s," wrote TIME's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal.

The reason the Silence Breakers have been awarded TIME's Person of the Year is: "For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year." 

Social media users were not all kind when commenting on the front cover choices. 

Others, however, celebrated the magazine's decision. 

TIME magazine has designated a 'Person of the Year' since 1927 when aviator Charles Lindbergh was chosen as the first 'Man of the Year.' The title became 'Person of the Year' in 1999.

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