Rose McGowan was suspended from Twitter amid Weinstein scandal. Here's why

Oct 14, 2017, 00:26
Rose McGowan was suspended from Twitter amid Weinstein scandal. Here's why

Canadian-born actor Anna Paquin welcomed any men who wish to show their support under the trending hash tag #WomenBoycottTwitter. "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".

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the disgraced movie mogul said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

But groups of women voluntarily silencing themselves seems like a counterintuitive method of protesting exploitation and abuse that is largely protected by a "code of silence".

"They shut down Rose McGowan but not this dude", she tweeted, with images of abusive messages.

McGowan said late Wednesday that Twitter had suspended her from tweeting after the social media company said she broke its rules.

Since the allegations against Weinstein came to light, McGowan has called out many other Hollywood insiders, including Ben Affleck.

Rose McGowan - one of many actresses to have spoken out about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse and harassment - has been slapped with a temporary suspension from Twitter.

Let me get this straight. That same month, Anita Sarkeesian, an academic highlighting how women are portrayed in video games, was so disturbed by the tweets she received that she fled her home for fear of safety. The company said Thursday it will "be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future".

It isn't just women who are joining the boycott.

A spokesperson declined to comment further on Friday.

McGowan was identified in a New York Times article last week as receiving a financial settlement from Weinstein over an encounter with the producer at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. Many of them, she said, were well aware of his predatory nature, and she called them out by name. #WomenBoycottTwitter. Not because of hate but because I love this platform and know it can be better.

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