Actress Rose McGowan said early Thursday morning that Twitter temporarily suspended her account after she used the social media network to criticize those she said knew about film producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged predatory behavior.
What did McGowan say?
In an Instagram post, McGowan, wrote: “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE.” The post featured a screenshot of a message she said she got from Twitter saying that she was in violation of the website’s rules. The suspension left her unable to tweet, but left her account visible.
Twitter said she must delete some of her tweets to have the suspension lifted.
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A spokesperson for Twitter said in a statement provided to TheBlaze that the company has "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 our Terms of Service," the spokesperson said. "The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.
They added that "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."
What did McGowan tweet that got her in trouble with Twitter?
McGowan accused actor Ben Affleck of lying about his knowledge of Weinstein’s actions.
You want to play let's play #ROSEARMY https://t.co/uqd26Z78gc— rose mcgowan (@rose mcgowan)1507671644.0
"Ben Affleck f*** off," she wrote in another.
YOU ALL KNEW https://t.co/5l1t2HWxgT— rose mcgowan (@rose mcgowan)1507713647.0
In a series of tweets, she also circulated a petition demanding that Weinstein’s company be dissolved.
Join me in supporting this important cause at iPetitions. DISSOLVE THE BOARD https://t.co/0u8PksrIKX— rose mcgowan (@rose mcgowan)1507699578.0
HELP ME SLAY DRAGONS. SIGN THE PETITION #ROSEARMY https://t.co/a4JaOFeZfe— rose mcgowan (@rose mcgowan)1507664813.0
I need all you beautiful people with a ☑️ to please help me AMPLIFY #dissolvetheboard https://t.co/a4JaOFeZfe— rose mcgowan (@rose mcgowan)1507737499.0
The Weinstein scandal
The New York Times and the New Yorker recently reported on a slew of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein over decades. Actresses including McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have alleged that Weinstein sexually harassed them.
The New York Times reported that McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein in 1997 after “a hotel room incident at the Sundance Film Festival.”
This story has been updated to include a statement from a spokesperson for Twitter, who returned our request for comment after this story's publication.