The actress, who has emerged as a Hollywood voice in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, revealed that Twitter had locked her account on Wednesday night.
Rose McGowan had a hold placed on her Twitter account Wednesday night, an act that quickly sparked outrage among the many users who have been following her posts ever since news first broke of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
The actress, who has emerged as a Hollywood voice after finding herself thrust into the center of the developing story of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault allegations against the movie mogul, took to her Instagram and Facebook accounts to relay the news of her temporary suspension, writing cryptically that: “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY.”
She added a screenshot from a message from Twitter telling her that she had violated their terms of service and she would be locked out for 12 hours once she deleted certain tweets. She posted the message late Wednesday night.
Twitter tells THR that as of 7:20 a.m. PT, McGowan’s account has been unlocked. The actress most likely deleted the flagged tweets to regain access, though it’s unclear which posts have been removed.
Chief spokesperson Kristin Binns said McGowan’s account was temporarily locked because she had tweeted a private 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,” Binns told THR. “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.”
Since the bombshell accusations, including multiple rape allegations, about Weinstein were reported by the New York Times and The New Yorker, McGowan has used Twitter to excoriate the disgraced producer, as well as board members of The Weinstein Company, including co-founder Bob Weinstein, along with a number of prominent actors, such as Ben Affleck and other “A-list golden boys” who she feels were aware of what was going on. McGowan specifically accused Affleck of lying after he released a statement about Weinstein, a charge the actor has not since commented on, and tweeted that he should “fuck off.”
The Times first reported that McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an encounter in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. McGowan did not participate in the Times exposé but quickly called on the entire TWC board to resign and for Hollywood actors and actresses to speak up. “Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP,” McGowan told THR in an interview over the weekend. “Hollywood’s power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behavior has not.”
News of the temporary suspension caused a storm of protest on Twitter overnight and her name remained a Twitter trending topic into Thursday morning. Many users were quick to point out that white supremacists, and even President Donald Trump, could consistently provoke outrage and not have their accounts flagged. Hollywood voices, from Patricia Arquette to Jeffrey Wright, also lent themselves to the outrage. Prolific producer Judd Apatow said simply, “But Trump can threaten war.”
Jessica Chastain, who has also been vocal in condemning Weinstein as well as supporting the women who continue to speak out, called on Twitter to be transparent with its rules. “Hey @Twitter let us know which of these rules @rosemcgowan broke. Asking for multiple victims of sexual violence,” she wrote. Many others are calling on Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey for an explanation.
When a user violates the Twitter Rules — which range from harassment to hateful conduct and are listed on the social media platform’s website — the account is temporarily locked and the user will be asked to complete certain actions before the limited state countdown begins, including deleting the tweets that violate the rules.
Source: Hollywood Reporter