A row has broken out over the suspension of actress Rose McGowan’s Twitter account, with the social media platform accused of applying a double standard in the enforcement of its “terms of service”.
McGowan, who was the target of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s unwanted sexual advances and reached a private settlement with him in 2007, has been in the spotlight in the wake of the new allegations.
Though she has refrained from discussing her experience in detail – a condition of the agreement she would have signed as part of the settlement – she has not failed to have her voice heard.
“Twitter has suspended me,” McGowan wrote via her Instagram account. “There are powerful forces at work. Be my voice.”
One of McGowan’s tweets was “flagged” for breaching the platform’s terms of service, but the issue remains that Twitter responded immediately to such a flag while other, more inflammatory accounts, are often untouched.
McGowan published a screen shot of the message she had received from Twitter, advising her that she had violated their terms of service and would be locked out of her account for 12 hours.
Reactivation of the account in such cases is contingent on deleting the offending material. As of Friday morning, McGowan’s account was active again.
Twitter has confirmed the suspension was put in place because McGowan published a private telephone number, which is a violation of the platform’s terms of service. It is still unclear where the complaint came from; any user of the Twitter platform can flag content as inappropriate at which point it is referred internally for review.
“The tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked,” a Twitter spokesperson for Twitter said. “We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.”
In the deleted tweet from from October 11, McGowan wrote: “Anonymously sent to me. They all knew. It starts here”. Attached was an image of a portion of an email that offered to set up a meeting with Bob, presumably Bob Weinstein from context, at a hotel in the early evening. It contained the full email signature of the person sending it, including their phone number. TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreportA post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:19pm PDT