UPDATE #1: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter revealed Rose McGowan’s account “has been unlocked” as of at least 10:20 am ET. This makes sense, for the 12-hour period she posted about on Instagram has passed. Even so, the actress has yet to tweet anything new since before her suspension Wednesday night.
UPDATE #2: In a series of tweets, Twitter explained McGowan’s account “was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates 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.”
UPDATE #3: After almost an entire day of not tweeting, McGowan issued a curt response to Twitter’s official explanation for her suspension. “[W]hen will nuclear war violate your terms of service?” she asked, likely alluding to Donald Trump’s frequent jabs at North Korea on the platform.
The original article is as follows…
Ever since the New York Times reported on the decades of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein last week, more sordid details have streamed forth from other outlets. A long investigation by The New Yorker provided an audio clip of the Hollywood mogul admitting to having groped the very woman taping him, as well as allegations of rape by three others. Actress Rose McGowan, whose settlement with Weinstein was discussed by the Times, has regularly spoken out against the producer and others on social media. Or at least that was until her Twitter account was suddenly suspended.
“TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME,” McGowan wrote in all-caps on Instagram. “THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE.” The short caption accompanied a screenshot of the automated message she had received from Twitter, which didn’t provide a precise explanation for the suspension. “We have determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules, so we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features,” it read.
Although no particular reason was given for the suspension by Twitter, McGowan’s recent activity on the platform may provide a hint. Aside from calling attention to the ongoing reporting being done on Weinstein, the actress has also named the names of many men in the industry who know about, but ignored the producer’s behavior. This list includes the actor Matt Damon, whom McGowan called a “spineless profiteer,” and his Good Will Hunting pal Ben Affleck. The latter is an especially interesting case, for aside from his own Weinstein scandal-esque bit of bad publicity, McGowan said he already knew about the producer’s behavior.
Come Thursday morning, McGowan’s Twitter account remained inactive. Yet reports of her suspension by Variety, Gizmodo and other outlets quickly stirred the platform into a fiery frenzy of disappointment and distaste — primarily directed at Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. After all, if white supremacists and neo-Nazis like David Duke and Richard Spencer were allowed on the platform, they argued, then why punish McGowan?
And then, of course, there’s Donald Trump.
If you are a victim or survivor of sexual assault, resources for support are available through RAINN‘s National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.