Twitter breaks its silence on McGowan suspension

Twitter has abruptly broken its own policy of not commenting on individual accounts to explain why it temporarily suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan late yesterday, after she had been tweeting about allegations of sexual abuse and harassment which have been surfacing against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Earlier today we asked Twitter why it had suspended McGowan’s account and it declined to provide an explanation, saying it does not comment on individual accounts “for privacy and security reasons”.

Yet now the Twitter Safety account has publicly tweeted to say McGowan’s account was “temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates our Terms of Service” — apparently selectively breaking its own rule about…

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