— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 12, 2017
Rose McGowan has never been the kind of person to “sit down and shut up.” The actress is probably most well-known for her role in “Charmed,” but she has been vocal about the rampant sexual harassment experienced in Hollywood for decades. Now, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein fiasco, she has made it her mission to speak out even louder.
And Twitter promptly shut her down.
Twitter actually did respond, but their tweeted explanation falls flat on its face because they never shut down now-President Donald Trump when he did the exact same thing during his primary campaign in 2016 when he tweeted out Lindsey Graham’s personal phone number:
We have been in touch with Ms. McGowan’s team. We want to explain that her account was temporarily locked because one of her Tweets included a private phone number, which violates of our Terms of Service.
In another tweet:
Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.
Except when they don’t.
McGowan has always stood firm in her opposition of men taking advantage of women. This is no different.
Of course, the Weinstein people are denying everything. Two days ago, a spokeswoman said:
Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.
Where do they find these women that defend sexual predators to the end? Will this woman change her mind after listening to this audio from a New York Police Department (NYPD) sting operation from 2013 or is the money just too good to pass up?
According to Twitter, they hold all accounts to the same standards, but that isn’t entirely true. They have left threatening posts from some users (Cheeto-in-Charge threatening North Korea ring any bells?) while shutting down the accounts of victims on many occasions.
Their use of bots to perform some of the monitoring functions makes the platform easy to manipulate for trolls who engage off the platform to plan attacks and respond on Twitter to report the victim’s posts in mass. A certain number of “reports” and the victim vanishes while the cyberbully accounts remain online to go after another victim.
When her account got shut down by Twitter, McGowan launched a counter-offensive asking for help her fan base. She organized under the hashtags #RoseArmy and #WomenBoycottTwitter, asking women and sympathetic men to avoid the platform on Friday.
It got Twitter’s attention. They are supposedly now in the process of revising their policy and practices to try to avoid future problems. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted a series of eight tweets regarding these changes:
1/ We see voices being silenced on Twitter every day. We’ve been working to counteract this for the past 2 years.
— jack (@jack) October 14, 2017
Time will tell if these changes actually get implemented. We’re sure they will not apply across the board and deny the Cheeto-in-Charge his preferred platform for bullying the masses. While McGowan’s account has been reinstated, how long before she vanishes again?
Featured image from Twitter