Rose McGowan‘s Twitter account was temporarily suspended for ‘violating the site’s rules’.
The Scream actress, who was one of the first women to be named in a New York Times expose as an alleged victim in the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal, has now called for her fans to be her ‘voice’.
While McGowan hasn’t spoken out directly about the alleged abuse she received, she has been very vocal on the social networking site, claiming she was targeted by a ‘monster’.
And following a series of tweets calling Bob Weinstein a ‘POS’ and telling Ben Affleck to ‘f*** off’ after accusing him of lying in a statement where he said he knew nothing of Weinstein’s behaviour, McGowan revealed she has been banned from sending tweets, retweeting or liking.
On Wednesday night the 44-year-old took to Instagram claiming she has been silenced by Twitter, writing: ‘TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY’
She then posted a screengrab of the apparent message she was sent by Twitter, it read: ‘We have determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules, so we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features.
‘While in this state, you can still browse Twitter, but you’re limited to only sending Direct Messages to your followers – no Tweets, Retweets, or likes.
‘Your account will be restored to full functionality in: 12 hours and 0 minutes.’
It then states the countdown will begin once she deletes the tweets that violated the rules.
Twitter has since unlocked McGowan’s account, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the temporary lock was due to the actress tweeting out a private number, which falls under the private information violation under Twitter Rules. McGowan deleted the post to regain access.
‘We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team,’ Twitter’s chief spokesperson Kristin Binn said in a statement. ‘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.’
Binn added: ‘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. 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.’
It emerged last week that McGowan reportedly sued the disgraced movie producer for allegedly abusing her in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.
It is claimed she signed a non-disclosure agreement after filing the lawsuit after allegedly being paid $100,000 by Weinstein.
McGowan has also used Twitter to encourage people to sign a petition to dissolve the board of The Weinstein Company following the allegations against its co-founder.
McGowan joins Ashley Judd, Rosanna Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento and a number of other women who all say they were at some point sexually harassed by Weinstein over the last 30 years.