Actress Rose McGowan, one of the many women who have come forward as a victim of abuse by film executive Harvey Weinstein, responded after her suspension from Twitter was lifted Thursday afternoon.
McGowan had fired off a series of tweets about her abuser, and Twitter subsequently locked her account. She also tweeted that actor Ben Affleck should “fuck off” for knowing about Weinstein’s behavior but not doing anything about it.
“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 our Terms of Service,” Twitter later said of the suspension.
“When will nuclear war violate your terms of service?” McGowan tweeted when her account was unlocked, apparently referencing President Donald Trump’s hawkish tweets about North Korea and war that have escalated tensions with the pariah state that have so far gone unchecked by the social media platform.
when will nuclear war violate your terms of service? https://t.co/72FiiyoZ59
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017
When word first broke that McGowan’s account had been suspended, other users noted how bad the decision looked on Twitter’s part, given that it has allowed plenty of racist, homophobic and threatening content from right-wing trolls, neo-Nazis and GOP lawmakers, including the president — but was determined to silence a victim of sexual assault.
Trump threatens nuclear war: no problem
Racism/homophobia/threats? No problem.
Rose McGowan calling people out? Banned from Twitter.
— Simon Brew (@simonbrew) October 12, 2017
Harassing Women: Cool
Literal Fascism: Okay
Holding Men Accountable: UM EXCUSE ME? https://t.co/D9L6CIblhq
— 🎃FUCKO LANTERN🎃 (@hitherehaidar) October 12, 2017
After her account was locked, McGowan made a post on Instagram, showing Twitter’s vague notification regarding her suspension and said, “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE.”
McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement in 1997 related to an incident during which Weinstein was sexually harrassed by the film mogul.