Twitter temporarily suspends Rose McGowan following Harvey Weinstein tweets

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For Twitter, dependent on celebrities, the prospect of a showbiz civil war over the Weinstein allegations represents a major problem for the company.

The reasons aren't entirely clear, but the suspension likely stems from McGowan's tweets directed at Ben Affleck, who she has accused of lying when he claimed to be unaware of Weinstein's harassment and assault of Hollywood actors.

The "Charmed" actress turned to Instagram after learning of her suspension, sharing an image of Twitter's notification of suspension and lodging a plea to her followers.

On Wednesday night, she took to Instagram, writing: "TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME".

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This is another case that highlight a problem with Twitter's policies - it can often be very hard to determine exactly what has been done to violate them. Costolo scrambled, ordering teams to delete offending accounts and tweets.

"Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power", the spokesperson said.

Many Hollywood actresses including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have come out with the claims that the movie mogul tried to sexually harass them.

McGowan was identified in a New York Times article last week as receiving a financial settlement from Weinstein over an encounter with the producer at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997.

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McGowan concluded her tweets by calling on Bezos, 53, to "stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers". I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. "We stand with the courageous 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 added. Months later, while Farrow was still doing more reporting, McGowan reached out and asked him to remove her accusation from his story, the sources.

Others on Twitter quickly rushed to her defense, noting how, more often than not, accounts that threaten even physical violence are allowed to stay.

"Your account has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically our rules prohibiting participating in or inciting abuse of individuals". Twitter has argued that the nature of the president's position makes what he says newsworthy.

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