Rose McGowan's Twitter account suspended after Harvey Weinstein tweets

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McGowan has been a vocal critic of film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting multiple women, including McGowan.

Her Twitter account was suspended for 12 hours yesterday for supposedly violating its community standards, which many interpreted as being linked to her fierce criticism of Ben Affleck and others.

The Charmed star has been actively tweeting about the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal since the news first broke last week (ends06Oct17) in an expose in The New York Times, in which she was named as one of the women who had been on the receiving end of the producer's alleged sexual misconduct. "Be my voice." She then included the hashtags #RoseArmy and #WhyWomenDon'tReport.

McGowan's suspension caused an enormous backlash on social media, with many criticizing Twitter for a move that would silence an alleged victim of sexual harassment on its service. As one user summed it up, "Jemele Hill gets suspended".

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In the wake of Rose McGowan's temporary suspension from Twitter, many women - including some celebrities - made a decision to join the #WomenBoycottTwitter protest on Friday in support of victims of sexual assault who have been silenced in the past.

In a string of fiery tweets, McGowan said she repeatedly warned Amazon about "HW" and "begged" the company not to work with the movie mogul but was told by an unnamed studio executive that "it hadn't been proven". "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".

Twitter has faced frequent criticism for failing to address the torrents of abusive comments directed at women, minorities and those who speak out against abuse.

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