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Twitter Explains Why Rose McGowan Was Suspended, Says It’s ‘Proud to Empower’ Its Users

Twitter has unlocked McGowan's account following an overnight suspension.

Rose McGowan

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Twitter has issued an official statement explaining why Rose McGowan’s account was suspended on Thursday evening. According to the social media company, McGowan had a tweet that included a private phone number, which violates its Terms of Service. As soon as McGowan removed the tweet, the company unsuspended her account. “We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future,” Twitter said.

McGowan has been using her personal Twitter page over the last week to support the many women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also criticized men such as Ben Affleck and Bob Weinstein for condemning Weinstein despite the fact that she feels they were complicit in allowing his behavior to occur. McGowan told Affleck to “fuck off” and called Bob Weinstein a “piece of shit.”

The actress also used the word “rape” in talking about her history of sexual assault in a tweet response to Anthony Bourdain. McGowan shared her own experience of sexual harassment on Twitter back in October 2016, although she has never been able to name Weinstein because of an NDA agreement she signed. The New York Times article that first reported the Weinstein scandal said McGowan had settled with Weinstein for $100,000 following an encounter in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

Twitter ended its explanation of McGowan’s suspension by saying it is “proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power.” Read Twitter’s official comments below.

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