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Twitter explains why Rose McGowan’s account was temporarily suspended

Rose McGowan. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Actress Rose McGowan was temporarily suspended by Twitter early on Thursday morning for “tweets that violate our rules,” according to a screen shot of the notice she received from the social media platform alerting her to the suspension. Twitter later explained in a series of tweets that her account had been frozen because she posted a private phone number in a tweet, which is a violation of the platform’s terms of services.

McGowan took to another social media platform — Instagram — to inform followers that she’d been suspended by Twitter. “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY,” she wrote in the message accompanying the screen shot explaining her suspension.

McGowan has been active on Twitter in recent days since the bombshell reports on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct have emerged. The first report that opened the floodgates, published in The New York Times, revealed that Weinstein reached a $100,000 settlement in 1997 over claims McGowan made stemming from an encounter in a hotel room. This week, McGowan had been critical of Ben Affleck, who issued a rebuke of Weinstein on his Twitter account. McGowan contended that Affleck was lying about not being aware of Weinstein’s mistreatment of women over the years.

In its message to McGowan, Twitter said her account, which was still publicly visible throughout the suspension, would be suspended temporarily and could be restored if she deleted the offending tweets — however, it wasn’t initially clear which tweets had violated the platform’s terms of service.

Many on social media were wondering Thursday why McGowan was suspended but President Donald Trump, known for unleashing incendiary tweets multiple times a week, has never been suspended from the platform. Twitter addressed that issue a few weeks ago, after Trump had posted a tweet threatening North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a thread posted on Twitter, the company said that it had left up the controversial tweet by Trump due to its “newsworthiness” and high “public interest.”

In response to McGowan’s suspension, many took to Twitter to blast Twitter for the decision. Some, like Jessica Chastain, called on Twitter to be more transparent about what rules McGowan violated.

And some called for a boycott of Twitter, using the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter to organize and call attention to the idea.

As the outrage mounted on Thursday morning, Twitter addressed the issue and said that it had been in touch with McGowan’s representatives. In a series of tweets, the company explained that one of her tweets had included a private phone number. That tweet has been deleted, Twitter said, and with it’s deletion, McGowan’s account was unlocked. The company added that it is “proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power.”

Read the full story at The New York Times and CNBC.


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