Late last night, Twitter suspended Rose McGowan’s account, reportedly with the intent to leave her locked out of it for 12 hours. It was dismaying news, to say the least, especially in light of the fact that McGowan had been repeatedly silenced over the years about her own allegations against Harvey Weinstein, first by a non-disclosure agreement, then by an industry that enabled a predator. On Wednesday, McGowan criticized Ben Affleck for expressing his disgust with Weinstein, claiming the actor knew about Weinstein before the New York Times and New Yorker stories broke. But she’d also spent the last week speaking up for other survivors, which made Twitter’s decision all the shittier.
But now the social media platform says it’s lifted the temporary ban on McGowan’s account, which it claims it only did because she’d posted a “private phone number” in violation of the site’s terms of service.
McGowan hasn’t responded to the reversal, though we’d like to think she’d come back with something similar to what she dealt Affleck.