Twitter Explains Why They Suspended Rose McGowan's Account

Okay, but this still wasn't cool.

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Update 10/12: Twitter has released a statement explaining their decision to suspend Rose McGowan's account, saying a tweet that showed a private phone number violated their terms of service. They also 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."

Original story 10/12: Rose McGowan has been among the most vocal celebrities to speak out in the wake of shocking allegations about studio executive Harvey Weinstein—and now she's being silenced.

The former Charmed actress shared (via Instagram) that Twitter has suspended her account, and claim she violated their rules. Obviously, McGowan is upset, and captioned her post: "TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE."

It's unclear which of Rose's tweets defending women against sexual harassment upset Twitter, but she was extremely vocal about Ben Affleck—who she claims knew about the allegations against Weinstein, and who also was recently accused of groping a woman (he's apologized via Twitter).

She also called Donna Karan "scum in a fancy dress," which could have ruffled some feathers:

But what's really frustrating here is that in recent days Rose McGowan has inarguably been using her voice for the right reasons: to combat sexism, harassment, and abuse. Twitter's decision to silence her sends a dangerous message to other women who might already be afraid to speak out.

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