Rose McGowan, one of the actresses whose story was included in the New York Times’ initial report of sexual assault accusations against Harvey Weinstein, had her Twitter account suspended.
McGowan has been a vocal supporter of Weinstein’s accusers on her Twitter since the New York Times and New Yorker released their reports. She had recently tweeted about Affleck knowing about Weinstein’s alleged behavior (going to far as to tweet “Ben Affleck fuck off”) and Harvey Weinstein’s brother and CEO of the Weinstein Company, Bob Weinstein’s, reputation.
McGowan revealed on Instagram that while her Twitter account is still active, her activity on the platform has been temporarily limited for the next 12 hours. “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME,” she wrote. “THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY“
McGowan can resume her activity, according to Twitter’s message that she posted, after she “deletes Tweets that violate our rules.” Which specific tweets violated Twitter’s rules aren’t clear.
Weinstein, in a statement by a spokesperson earlier this week, “unequivocally denied” the allegations, including those of non-consensual sex, adding that “there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.” View his full statement here.
Twitter, when asked for comment, told ELLE.com, “We don’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.”
Update, 11:47 a.m.: Twitter just announced McGowan’s account has been unlocked. “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 organization wrote. “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.”
From: ELLE US