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Twitter finally explained why it blocked Rose McGowan’s account after her Weinstein tweets

Rose McGowan vs. Harvey Weinstein

The Harvey Weinstein scandal is one of the hottest topics in the movie business right now, with more revelations coming out daily. Many have denounced the movie producer for his alleged sexual assaults on women since last week’s New York Times expose that went into these abhorrent details surrounding Weinstein’s personal life. But it turns out that voicing your concerns on Twitter using explicit language will get you banned, even if you’re one of the Weinstein’s victims. Or so we thought.

Twitter has finally explained why Rose McGowan was temporarily banned. While it apparently had the right to do so, Twitter still doesn’t come away looking very good.

Actress Rose McGowan, who reached a settlement with Weinstein in 1997 over undisclosed issues, exploded on Twitter. In addition to denouncing Weinstein, she also called out various Hollywood figures who said nothing about Weinstein’s crimes.

McGowan says actors like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have known about these issues but did not take any action.

McGowan also started a petition to dissolve The Weinstein Company board. A few days ago, the board fired Weinstein following the Times article.

On Thursday morning, McGowan moved to Instagram to announce that Twitter blocked her account temporarily, posting a screenshot of the notice she received.


A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on

Yes, that’s what Twitter did, without actually explaining why it took action. It took several hours for Twitter to post an explanation, revealing that one of the tweets McGowen posted contained a private phone number, which is something that violates Twitter’s terms of service:

Yes, McGowan may be at fault here, but Twitter really took the wrong approach. This is probably something that could have been resolved a lot faster so that the average user would not get the impression that Twitter is actually helping censor a voice speaking out against Weinstein right now.

Twitter’s record is far from perfect when it comes to managing questionable content, and this incident only reinforces that fact. While it was quick to ban McGowan for sharing a phone number, the company still allows content that promotes violence, whether it’s actual rape threats or a misguided president’s threats to an entire hostile nation.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.