Twitter says Rose McGowan’s account briefly locked over doxxing

Twitter on Thursday restored actress Rose McGowan’s account after a brief suspension, saying she violated the social network’s terms of service because one of her tweets included a private phone number.

During that time, the actress — one of the women who reached a settlement with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who’s facing sexual harassment and rape charges — took to Instagram on Wednesday to complain about being suspended by Twitter.

“Twitter has suspended me,” McGowan wrote in an all-caps caption accompanying a screenshot of Twitter’s message about her suspension. “There are powerful forces at work. Be my voice. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreport”

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Last week, the New York Times reported that Weinstein has paid settlements to at least eight women over the past three decades over allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact. Actress Ashley Judd also was named by Times as one of the women who alleges she was sexually harassed by Weinstein. Days later, he was fired by the Weinstein Co., the movie studio he co-founded. This week, the New Yorker reported three accusations of rape against Weinstein.

Amid the fallout, McGowan has been relentless on Twitter, including by calling out actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck — who’s getting plenty of bad press of his own lately — and others who are saying they had no idea Weinstein’s behavior was so awful. “They all knew,” she has said more than once. She has called on the Weinstein Co. board to resign, and also is targeting those who “fund and air his shows.”

Twitter’s statement Thursday, emailed to SiliconBeat, acknowledged its controversial decision. After all, it faces regular calls to ban others deemed more offensive or objectionable than McGowan.

The company said its statement was to be attributed only to a “chief spokesperson.” Here it is in its entirety:

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 of our Terms of Service. The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.

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.

It is unclear whose phone number was tweeted out by McGowan. Twitter rules prohibit doxxing: “You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information.”


Photo: Rose McGowan arrives at the L.A. premiere of “Dior & I” at the Leo S. Bing Theatre on April 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. McGowan’’s Twitter account was suspended Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, temporarily muting a central figure in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Her account was restored Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)


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