Rose McGowan's Temporary Twitter Lock-Out Inspires #WomenBoycottTwitter Movement

Audrey Hill
October 13, 2017

NEW YORK - Rose McGowan's Twitter account has been suspended, temporarily muting a central figure in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

The Charmed actress, one of the women named in The New York Times expose of Weinstein's reported sexual misconduct, has been vocal on social media in recent days and used the platform to attack those she views as complicit, including The Weinstein Company's board of directors and actor Ben Affleck.

And following a series of tweets calling Bob Weinstein a "POS" and telling Ben Affleck to "f*** off" after accusing him of lying in a statement where he said he knew nothing of Weinstein's behaviour, McGowan revealed she has been banned from sending tweets, retweeting or liking.

The message also mentioned her "account will be restored to full functionality in: 12 hours and 0 minutes".

After McGowan turned to Instagram, it seemed to many that Twitter was silencing voices against oppression or, at best, again enforcing its anti-harassment policies inconsistently.

To add to that suspicion, Twitter recently said that it would allow US President Donald Trump to threaten war and berate US citizens on its platform because it was of public interest - and users haven't missed the disparity.

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The incident came to light after Affleck released a statement condemning Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul accused of sexually harassing and assaulting a number of women.

Overnight on Thursday, it appears that some of those tweets might have gotten McGowan temporarily suspended for the platform.

She tweeted "Ben Affleck fuck off" earlier this week, and it was the shot heard 'round the Twittersphere. "We stand with the fearless women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices", the company added.

On Wednesday night, she took to Instagram, writing: "TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME". McGowan was one of the women accosted by Weinstein, and was paid a $100,000 settlement in 1997 to keep quiet about it. Weinstein produced Affleck and Matt Damon's breakout '90s hit, "Good Will Hunting". I was made to go to after assault.

Twitter said she must delete some of her tweets to have the suspension lifted.

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