Twitter Just Revealed Why It Suspended Rose McGowan’s Account — but People Are Still Mad

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In the wake of The New York Times’ story exposing Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment and abuse, multiple celebrities have come forward to share stories of their own unsavory experiences with Weinstein. Among them are Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Cara Delevingne.

Actress Rose McGowan has been one of the more vocal celebrities since the story broke. Or at least she was until Twitter suspended her account with no explanation for 12 hours. Twitter found itself in hot water after the suspension, as it seemed to be silencing a woman’s voice amidst a scandal all about women being silenced.

Today, Twitter finally explained why McGowan’s account was temporarily suspended.

Back in 1997, she had her own awful experience with Weinstein. Following “an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival,” she received a cash settlement. Ever since the Weinstein news finally broke last week, McGowan has been retweeting other victims’ stories and calling people out for covering up Weinstein’s deplorable behavior. She told Ben Affleck to f**k off and is encouraging people to sign a petition to completely dissolve The Weinstein company.

Twitter didn’t provide much of an explanation for the suspension and people were pretty upset about it. McGowan was tweeting about a scandal that only came to light when women started speaking up about the atrocities they had experienced at the hands of a man who had a lot of power… and Twitter was silencing her?!

Apparently, McGowan had shared a tweet with someone’s personal phone number in it. This violated the Twitter Rules.

This is fair enough. McGowan should not have tweeted someone’s personal phone number. Twitter isn’t wrong for upholding its own Terms of Service.

However, there are a bunch of examples of people violating these same rules on Twitter and not facing any repercussions from the social media platform.

For instance, when a man tweeted out this woman’s phone number and she filed a complaint with Twitter, the tweet was not considered a violation of the Terms of Service. Interesting.

There’s also the fact that Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, often uses Twitter in many ways that should violate the Terms of Service.

Remember that time that he tweeted that North Korea “won’t be around much longer”? And then North Korea said that was a declaration of war?! Like we said, Twitter isn’t necessarily wrong for suspending McGowan’s account. She broke the rules and Twitter took actions to fix that. But where’s the consistency? Just who is allowed to break the rules, here? Twitter, you’ve still got some explaining to do.