Twitter explains why Rose McGowan's account got suspended

Twitter is finally breaking its silence on why Rose McGowan was temporarily suspended from its platform.

The actress — who has been vocal about Harvey Weinstein amid dozens of other women alleging he sexual harassed and assaulted them — announced on Instagram Wednesday night that Twitter suspended her account for 12 hours for violating the platform’s rules.

Though it was unclear at the time which tweet violated Twitter’s rules, the official Twitter Safety account clarified McGowan had included a private phone number in one of her tweets, which is prohibited in the site’s Privacy Policy.

Twitter’s account explained the company has been in touch with McGowan’s team and temporarily locked the account as a result of the tweet that included the phone number. 

The site’s policy reads: “Posting another person’s private and confidential information is a violation of the Twitter Rules.” And goes on to list personal phone numbers as an example of private information.

However, Twitter claimed McGowan’s account has since been unlocked and the tweet has been removed.

McGowan reached a settlement with Weinstein in the late ’90s, but had been especially vocal about the Hollywood producer since other women came forward with their own similar experiences.

McGowan didn’t hold back condemning Weinstein on the platform, so when Twitter suspended her account without explanation it led to a great deal of backlash.

Many felt the suspension further discouraged women from speaking up about sexual assault, but Twitter explained it 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.”

In the future, Twitter claimed it would be “clearer about these policies and decisions” and the site’s CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged the team needs to be “a lot more transparent in our actions in order to build trust.”

The way Twitter enforces its own rules has come under fire many times before, most notably in reference to President Trump’s negative behavior — such as when he threatened violence with North Korea

Last month Twitter announced that though it holds all accounts to the same rules it assesses the “newsworthiness” of a tweet that’s been reported.

It seems Twitter will have to work a lot harder to ensure their rules are upheld equally in the future.

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