After actress Rose McGowan took to Instagram to vent her anger over being suspended by Twitter on Wednesday night, the social media platform has responded.
Following outcry, Twitter is addressing the suspension, releasing a statement via @TwitterSafety on the reasons why her account was locked:
“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. 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.”
McGowan responded to Twitter’ statement, implying Donald Trump’s account should be suspended for his threat of nuclear war against North Korea.
The actress was one of the first to speak out against Harvey Weinstein and has been using Twitter to call attention to his decades of alleged sexual harassment and abuse. She also used her platform to call out Ben Affleck’s reported knowledge of Weinstein’s misconduct, at one point tweeting, “Ben Affleck f*** off”. McGowan received a notice that her account “violated Twitter rules” and was suspended for 12 hours late Wednesday night. The actress was only able to “send direct messages” and “no tweets, retweets, or likes” for 12 hours according to the notice.
Twitter users were quick to show their support for McGowan when her account was suspended, with many inquiring directly with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as to why her account was targeted while purveyors of hatred and violence go unchecked.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Jessica Chastain, Sophie Turner and directors Paul Feig and Judd Apatow were just a few of the celebs criticizing Twitter’s decision.