Rose McGowan, one of Harvey Weinstein's many accusers, has been using Twitter to denounce Weinstein, his brother Bob (and others involved with the Weinstein Company), and even some who've spoken out against Weinstein—like Ben Affleck, who she says knew what Weinstein was doing all along. Now, her Twitter account has been suspended. It's not clear why, but she posted a screenshot of the notice she received to Instagram Wednesday night, and it says her account violated Twitter's rules in some way and that she can speed up the process of returning to Twitter by deleting tweets that violate the rules. "TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME. THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK. BE MY VOICE. #ROSEARMY #whywomendontreport," McGowan wrote on Instagram.
As People notes, Twitter's online terms state it can suspend accounts engaging "in abusive behavior, like sending threats to others or impersonating other accounts." The New York Times notes that the suspension (which leaves McGowan's account visible, but temporarily bars her from tweeting) came soon after McGowan's tweets to Affleck. But the Washington Post says the rule-violating tweet has been deleted, and the paper found one recent deleted tweet originally posted by McGowan Oct. 11. It was an image of an email offering to set up a meeting with "Bob" (likely Bob Weinstein, based on the context) at a hotel, and it contained the complete email signature of the person who sent it. McGowan wrote that the email had been anonymously submitted to her: "They all knew. It starts here." WaPo hypothesizes that tweet possibly violated Twitter's rule about releasing private information without permission.