(UPDATED) Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan Account; Twitter Responds

Posted by October 12, 2017 Comment

***UPDATE: 11:51 AM EST*** Twitter released a statement stating that McGowan’s account was temporarily suspended because one of her tweets included a private phone number:

“We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team. We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates of our Terms of Service. The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.”

Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.”

Original story…

In the wake of The New York Times and The New Yorker‘s explosive exposé that revealed sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Rose McGowan (Charmed, Jawbreaker) is reporting that Twitter has temporarily suspended her account. The suspension is expected to last for 12 hours and and greatly limits what McGowan can do through her account during that time.

McGowan took to her Instagram account on Wednesday night to share the news:

twitter suspends mcgowan account

rosemcgowan: TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreport

Though McGowan’s Twitter account is expected to be reactivated this morning, essential questions remain unanswered. Which tweets were in violation? Which specific Twitter policies did the tweets break? Where is Twitter’s consistency when it comes to determining which accounts do and do not violate their policies? Though it wasn’t immediately clear which tweets were determined to be in violation, we might have some idea later today if the deletion of tweets is a determining factor in Twitter reactivating her account.

Since being cited in the Times‘s report that revealed sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, McGowan has been one of the most vocal, high-profile figures to speak out against Weinstein, but those she claims knew about his actions and said nothing; and to call out those who have done and still continue to do the same things Weinstein’s being accused of:

Word of the suspension made its way across social media in no time whatsoever, with McGowan still topic trending nationally as of Thursday morning. Users were quick to point out that many Twitter accounts that tweet hate speech have not been in danger of having their accounts suspended. Hollywood wasted no time in reacting to the McGowan suspension, demanding that the social media service explain how it came to its decision:

(Last Updated October 12, 2017 11:41 am )

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