Twitter Issues Statement After Temporarily Blocking Rose McGowan in Midst of Weinstein Scandal

McGowan, who was one of Weinstein's victims, has been heavily active on the platform since news of the producer's misconduct broke.

Twitter Issues Statement After Temporarily Blocking Rose McGowan in Midst of Weinstein Debacle

Twitter issued a statement on Thursday morning explaining why it temporarily blocked Rose McGowan from the platform. McGowan has used Twitter to speak out since producer Harvey Weinstein was decried for sexual misconduct last week.

"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 our Terms of Service," the statement read. "The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future."

Twitter went on to pledge its support for women like McGowan:

"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."


On Thursday, Oct. 5, The New York Times published an expose entitled "Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades," shedding light on Weinstein's abusive behaviors throughout the years. One victim in particular was McGowan:

In 1997, Mr. Weinstein reached a previously undisclosed settlement with Rose McGowan, then a 23-year-old-actress, after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. The $100,000 settlement was “not to be construed as an admission” by Mr. Weinstein, but intended to “avoid litigation and buy peace,” according to the legal document, which was reviewed by The Times. Ms. McGowan had just appeared in the slasher film “Scream” and would later star in the television show “Charmed.” She declined to comment.

McGowan responded by taking to social media and spearheading the hashtag "#whywomendontreport."

Before Twitter issued its statement, the former Charmed actress posted a screenshot of her Twitter block alert to Instagram, asking fans to "be her voice."


Harvey Weinstein has been removed from The Weinstein Company, and on Tuesday, his wife Georgina Chapman released a statement that she was leaving him.

TMZ now reports the 65-year-old is at a rehab facility in Arizona.

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