For some inexplicable reason, Twitter decided to suspend the account of actress Rose McGowan last night. In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Rose has used her Twitter account to speak out and against the disgraced mogul. In 1997, Weinstein reached a settlement deal with Rose McGowan, for an episode in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival. She’s been an outspoken supporter of his victims, having been one herself. And Twitter has decided to silence her.
Rose McGowan shared the email she got informing her of the account suspension on Instagram. The email says her account has violated the Twitter Rules.
Twitter has come under fire recently, for the arbitrary way it bans some accounts but not others. So this seems like an especially bad move on their part. Twitter Rules state an account can be suspended for hateful conduct or harassment. However, many people have pointed out that actual NAZIS are able to use the platform with little recourse. Hell, even the President uses it to threaten nuclear war. It’s unclear which of Rose’s tweets violated the “rules”.
Reaction was swift after word of the ban spread.
Rose McGowan attacks sexual harassers. Gets suspended.
Richard Spencer attacks minorities. Gets blue checkmark.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 12, 2017
Men on Twitter: Cunt! Slut! I'll rape you! Die!
Twitter: "There's nothing we can do"
Rose McGowan: Men are trash
Twitter: "SHUT IT DOWN"
— Danielle Campoamor (@DCampoamor) October 12, 2017
And now THIS? You allow Twitter freedom to our president but you silence a woman speaking out about sexual harassment? @rosemcgowan
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) October 12, 2017
— Holly Marie Combs (@H_Combs) October 12, 2017
Rose has spent the last week tweeting and retweeting stories about Weinstein. While she doesn’t mince words, her tweets don’t appear to violate the rules.
Bob Weinstein is a POS. They allllll knew. pic.twitter.com/zWJZf52ywq
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 11, 2017
Ben Affleck fuck off
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017
Presumably, Twitter realized their mistake (or caved to public pressure), and Rose McGowan’s account was restored this morning, according to a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, no explanation was given for the suspension. It’s also possible that whatever tweets that triggered the suspension were deleted. Rose has not tweeted since the suspension was lifted, and Twitter didn’t elaborate in their statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Delighted to see that @rosemcgowan Twitter account has been restored
— Aaron Vallely (@Vallmeister) October 12, 2017
We’re glad Twitter did the right thing and reversed the suspension. We are angered and disgusted that they would choose to silence her voice in the first place. Do better, Twitter.
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(Image: Instagram / @rosemcgowan)