Rose McGowan Booted from Twitter After Attacks on Afflecks

Rose McGowan Booted from Twitter After Attacks on Afflecks

You can get away with violating Twitter's terms of service if you're Donald Trump because your tweets are "newsworthy." Apparently that's not the case if you're Rose McGowan. The Charmed actress' Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours overnight Wednesday after she tweeted direct personal attacks against Harvey Weinstein, Ben and Casey Affleck, and others. McGowan's tweets were arguably no more offensive than those Trump tweets virtually every day, but Twitter was much less lenient in McGowan's case. Widespread outrage followed the suspension.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Rose McGowan had her Twitter account suspended on Wednesday night, an act that quickly sparked outrage among the many users who have been following her posts ever since news first broke of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein .

The actress, who has emerged as a Hollywood voice after finding herself thrust into the sexual misconduct, harassment and assault allegations against the movie mogul, took to her Instagram and Facebook accounts to relay the news of her suspension, writing cryptically that: “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY.”

She added a screenshot from a message from Twitter telling her that she had violated their terms of service and she would be locked out for 12 hours. She posted the message late Wednesday night.

Since the bombshell accusations, including multiple rape allegations, about Weinstein were reported by the New York Times and The New Yorker, McGowan has used Twitter to excoriate the disgraced producer, as well as board members of The Weinstein Company, including co-founder Bob Weinstein, along with a number of prominent actors, such as Ben Affleck and other "A-list golden boys" who she feels were aware of what was going on. McGowan specifically accused Affleck of lying after he released a statement about Weinstein, a charge the actor has not since commented on, and tweeted that he should "fuck off."

The Times first reported that McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an encounter in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. McGowan did not participate in the Times exposé but quickly called on the entire TWC board to resign and for Hollywood actors and actresses to speak up. "Men in Hollywood need to change ASAP," McGowan told THR in an interview over the weekend. "Hollywood’s power is dying because society has changed and grown, and yet Hollywood male behavior has not."

News of the suspension caused a storm of protest on Twitter overnight and her name remained a Twitter trending topic into Thursday morning. Many users were quick to point out that white supremacists, and even President Donald Trump, could consistently provoke outrage and not have their accounts suspended. Hollywood voices, from Patricia Arquette to Jeffrey Wright, also lent themselves to the outrage. Prolific producer Judd Apatow said simply, "But Trump can threaten war."

Jessica Chastain, who has also been vocal in condemning Weinstein as well as supporting the women who continue to speak out, called on Twitter to explain its rules.

Read the rest of the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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