Tarana Burke first created the #MeToo movement back in 2006, and it had become a movement amongst the women of color on Myspace before hashtags were popular. However, Alyssa Milano is given credit for assisting in picking the movement back up after the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein in October 2017.
She tweeted a photo of a screencap that said, "If all women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'me too' as a status, we might give the world a sense of the magnitude of the problem." She captioned her screencap "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet."
The next day, Milano realized that she had up to 55,000 replies and #MeToo had made it as the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter, along with 85 million Facebook posts with the phrase "It was the perfect storm to happen and I feel really blessed I was the vessel, the messenger. It's very special, probably the greatest thing I've ever felt. I think the fact that it turned into a true movement was surprising. That was never my intention."