Women boycott Twitter after Rose McGowan's account is suspended

Ben Arnold

A 24-hour boycott to protest the suspension of Rose McGowan’s Twitter account has begun.

McGowan, who has become central to the allegations of sexual assault surrounding producer Harvey Weinstein, had her account was temporarily shut down yesterday.

She took to her Instagram account to tell followers: “Twitter has suspended me. There are powerful forces at work. Be my voice. #Rosearmy.”

Quickly gaining support, the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter emerged, with many famous Twitter users backing her up.

Twitter has justified its suspension of her account, however.

“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,” a representative for Twitter said in a statement.

“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.”

But despite the breach, some are still accusing the site of suppressing McGowan.

Yesterday in a series of messages aimed at Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, she alleged that Harvey Weinstein raped her – the first time she has named Weinstein explicitly – and when she told Amazon Studios boss Roy Price, who was working with Weinstein on various projects, he rebuked her.

She then claimed that a script she had in development with Amazon was later axed, appearing to connect the two incidents.

Price is currently suspended from Amazon for a separate incident of alleged sexual harassment of a colleague at the studio.

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