Twitter explains Rose McGowan account suspension amid Weinstein flap

Twitter explains Rose McGowan account suspension amid Weinstein flap

The film producer was sacked on Sunday from the Weinstein Company he cofounded.

However, a short time later the star took to Instagram and Facebook to share that her Twitter feed had been suspended for 12 hours, for violating the social media sites' rules.

"Twitter has suspended me", McGowan wrote in all caps.

This is another case that highlight a problem with Twitter's policies - it can often be very hard to determine exactly what has been done to violate them.

Rose McGowan posted a message to Instagram late Wednesday night saying that Twitter had suspended her account. Earlier this week, in light of the scandal, Amazon said "we are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Company".

On Wednesday, McGowan tweeted a message to Ben Affleck in response to his statement condemning Weinstein, in which he indicated the accusations were news to him.

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McGowan is one of the most prominent women to accuse the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct, and although she was named in the recent New York Times investigation as an accuser, her tweets Thursday were the first time she publicly alleged that Weinstein raped her.

Hollywood actresses including McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, have said that Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed them and subjected them to unwanted physical contact. In an on-the-record, on-camera interview, McGowan repeatedly said Weinstein raped her, the sources said. "We stand with the fearless women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices", the company added.

McGowan, in 1997, reached a $100,000 settlement with Weinstein after an incident at the Sundance Film Festival.

Other Twitter users have since devised a plan to boycott Twitter on Friday, October 13, in support of women like McGowan who have been silenced for sharing their experiences.

The 44-year-old McGowan has emerged as one of the most vocal in Hollywood about sexual abuse and harassment in the industry. Twitter has argued that the nature of the president's position makes what he says newsworthy.

Twitter declined to comment on the matter, citing privacy and security reasons.

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