Twitter Suspends Actress Who Spoke Out About Hollywood's Sexual Abuse Problem UPDATE: Twitter Responds

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Oct 12, 2017 11:00 AM
Twitter Suspends Actress Who Spoke Out About Hollywood's Sexual Abuse Problem UPDATE: Twitter Responds

UPDATE: Twitter has responded to McGowan. The tweet that prompted the suspension included a phone number, which is a violation of Twitter's terms of use.

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Twitter temporarily suspended actress Rose McGowan from the platform after her tweets regarding her experiences with sexual assault and sexual harassment in Hollywood went viral. McGowan posted a screenshot on Instagram of an email informing her that her account had been suspended for violating Twitter's rules. In the post's caption, she said there were "powerful forces at work" seemingly looking to prevent this information from getting out. 


TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreport

A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on

McGowan's account was still visible on Thursday morning, yet had no new tweets, meaning she likely was still suspended.

MTV's Real World alum Chet Cannon pointed out the hypocrisy of Twitter suspending a user for calling out people who have previously harassed them, but letting threats against President Trump slide.

In 1997, McGowan settled with Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein after a "hotel room incident" during the Sundance Film Festival. Since the New York Times article alleging a wider pattern of sexual assault and abuse from Weinstein, McGowan has been outspoken in her support of his victims and in calling out people who she claims were aware of his behavior.

McGowan has dubbed her crusade the "#RoseArmy."

Twitter also recently suspended, then un-suspended, one of Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign videos. 

This is absurd. Twitter needs to get its act together. The same platform that refuses to suspend people who threaten death to people really has no leg to stand on in suspending people like McGowan.