Rose McGowan Finally Says The Words - Harvey Weinstein 'Raped Me'

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Twitter apologized for not being clearer about exactly why McGowan was suspended, and insisted it supports the "Charmed" actress and others in using its platform to expose sexual assault.

Advertising consultant Cindy Gallop, founder of the United States division of advertising firm Bartie Bogle Hegarty, is leading calls for a day long Twitter boycott led by women until midnight tonight in a show of solidarity with actress Rose McGowan - who was handed a 12-hour suspension for tweeting a private phone number. This happened after Rose had tweeted several times this week about Weinstein and about Ben Affleck.

While the boycott is receiving widespread support, a number of people have voiced concerns with the effectiveness of removing voices from a platform to protest the silencing of victims' voices.


McGowan - who reached a $100,000 settlement with Mr. Weinstein in 1997 following an alleged hotel-room incident at the Sundance Film Festival - had been vocal in recent days about the culpability of those in Hollywood she claimed knew about Weinstein's actions but did nothing. The "WomenBoycottTwitter" hashtag was trending on Thursday, with one user pointing out, "Looks like we've got the day off tomorrow, feminists". Twitter has since told The Guardian the suspension was due to McGowan tweeting a private phone number, which is against Twitter's terms of service. Her account has now been restored, and she is back, fiercer than ever.

In an Instagram post, McGowan said she was facing a 12-hour ban from the social media site for violating Twitter's rules. "We stand with the fearless 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 tweeted.

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