Actress and director Rose McGowan’s Twitter account has been limited after it “violated the Twitter Rules.”
Over the past several days, McGowan has been among the most vocal people after Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long history of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape came to light in reports from the New York Times and the New Yorker. She singled out Ben Affleck for enabling Weinstein and has called for the entire board of the Weinstein Company to resign, alleging that the board knew about Weinstein’s history of misconduct, and while she can’t legally speak about her own experience with Weinstein, she’s encouraged others to come forward.
However, McGowan revealed on Instagram that Twitter limited her account, which would require her to delete offending content she posted, then be unable to tweet, retweet, or like posts for 12 hours. McGowan referred to it as a suspension.
“TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME,” she wrote. “THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE.”
This is different, however, from an actual suspension, where users are unable to view the account. McGowan’s Twitter account is still online.
It’s unclear which tweet or tweets led to Twitter limiting McGowan’s account, though some people believe it had to do with her tweets directed toward Affleck. And users have quickly called out the hypocrisy of Twitter silencing McGowan—an advocate for women and victims of sexual assault—while it allows white supremacists and neo-Nazis to tweet, and while Donald Trump’s Twitter threats were deemed “newsworthy.”
McGowan hasn’t posted on social media since revealing her access was revoked.
Update 9:48am CT, Oct. 12: Twitter has unlocked McGowan’s account, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Her Ben Affleck tweet is still up.
Ben Affleck fuck off— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
Update 11:14am CT, Oct. 12: Amid growing backlash, Twitter revealed that McGowan’s account was locked because she posted a “private phone number” in one of her tweets and vowed to be “clearer” in regards to its policies.
“Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power,” it said. “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.”
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 our Terms of Service. 1/3— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017
The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future. 2/3— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017
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. 3/3— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017