#WomenBoycottTwitter After Hollywood Actress Rose McGowan Gets Suspended

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| October 13 , 2017 , 11:32 IST

The micro-blogging social media network of Twitter has become a medium of freedom of expression, so when it partially suspended the Twitter account of Rose McGowan amidst her allegations of sexual abuse against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Twitterati were enraged.

In protest, and out of solidarity with McGowan, women and large numbers of men as well, launched a day-long boycott of Twitter on Friday called #WomenBoycottTwitter.

McGowan on Thursday revealed through an Instagram post that Twitter had partially suspended her account, preventing her from tweeting, re-tweeting and replying to posts, only allowing her account to be visible.

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Twitter claimed that the account was blocked as a private phone number had been tweeted.

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

In the wake of the suspension of her Twitter account, McGowan took to Instagram to share the message from Twitter, and captioned the post, "TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreport".



A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on

However, the timing of McGowan's tweets against Harvey Weinstein, her campaigning against sexual abuse and the ban on her Twitter handle are certainly circumspect. If there was one erroneous tweet, then Twitter could have simply removed that specific tweet without suspending the account.

The #WomenBoycottTwitter trend found great support, view tweets below: