Twitter responded to backlash Thursday after temporarily suspending Rose McGowan’s Twitter account, saying the actress who has been at the forefront of the sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein violated Twitter’s terms of service by posting a private phone number.
“We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team,” @TwitterSafety posted in a series of tweets Thursday morning. “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 Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.
“Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power,” the company added. “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.”
Twitter faced calls for a boycott after Ms. McGowan posted on Instagram that access to her Twitter account had been “limited” for violating the social media platform’s rules. Twitter initially declined to comment on the reasoning for the suspension.
The New York Times earlier reported that Ms. McGowan was among the numerous women who alleged sexual harassment by Mr. Weinstein, who reached a $100,000 settlement with the actress in 1997. Ms. McGowan has been a prominent voice encouraging others to come forward and expose Hollywood’s culture of misogyny.
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