Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan's Account

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

Twitter said Thursday that it suspended McGowan's account because she tweeted a private phone number, a practice it said violated its service terms.

McGowan revealed Twitter's heavy hand via a post on Instagram on Thursday.

She has continued to use Twitter to comment on developments in the controversy and attack those in Hollywood who have remained silent about the Weinstein fall out.

Actress Rose McGowan, who settled a sexual harassment suit with Weinstein in 1997 for $100,000, accused Ben Affleck of lying this week when he claimed he had no knowledge of Weinstein's misdeeds.

According to The New York Times article published last week, Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements over inappropriate behaviour with women, including McGowan.

In a series of FIRE tweets to Amazon president Jeff Bezos, accusing him of killing her project after she spoke out about Weinstein, she finally says the words outright. "We stand with the courageous women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices", the company added.

However, Twitter defended the decision not to impose penalties for the tweet because of factors like "newsworthiness" and "public interest".

Her post included a screenshot of a message saying that her account had violated Twitter's rules, so the social network "limited some of [her] account features". "When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing".

On Wednesday night, she took to Instagram, writing: "TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME".

The optics are clear, and clearly bad: Twitter silenced a female victim of sexual impropriety who was speaking out against those who enable it.

McGowan is among a growing list of actors who have accused Weinstein of abusive behavior.

The move on Twitter's part to suspend the account - whatever the justification - provoked a storm of outrage online, with high-profile users of the platform sending a barrage of critical replies.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey then linked to the official statement from his personal Twitter account, noting: "We need to be a lot more transparent in our actions in order to build trust".

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