Why Did Twitter Suspend Rose McGowan?

UPDATE: Oct. 12, 2017, 3 p.m. EDT

Updated with new tweet from Rose McGowan.

Twitter is finally breaking its silence on why Rose McGowan was temporarily suspended from its platform.

The actress — who has been vocal about Harvey Weinstein amid dozens of other women alleging he sexual harassed and assaulted them — announced on Instagram Wednesday night that Twitter suspended her account for 12 hours for violating the platform's rules.

Though it was unclear at the time which tweet violated Twitter's rules, the official Twitter Safety account clarified McGowan had included a private phone number in one of her tweets, which is prohibited in the site's Privacy Policy.

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Twitter's account explained the company has been in touch with McGowan's team and temporarily locked the account as a result of the tweet that included the phone number. 

The site's policy reads: "Posting another person’s private and confidential information is a violation of the Twitter Rules." And goes on to list personal phone numbers as an example of private information.

However, Twitter claimed McGowan's account has since been unlocked and the tweet has been removed.

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 our Terms of Service. 1/3

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017

The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future. 2/3

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017

McGowan reached a settlement with Weinstein in the late '90s, but had been especially vocal about the Hollywood producer since other women came forward with their own similar experiences.

McGowan didn't hold back condemning Weinstein on the platform, so when Twitter suspended her account without explanation it led to a great deal of backlash.

The boogie monster of our waking nightmare has been toppled with our flaming sword

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 10, 2017

Bob Weinstein is a POS. They allllll knew. pic.twitter.com/zWJZf52ywq

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 11, 2017

Many felt the suspension further discouraged women from speaking up about sexual assault, but Twitter explained it 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."

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. 3/3

— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 12, 2017

In the future, Twitter claimed it would be "clearer about these policies and decisions" and the site's CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged the team needs to be "a lot more transparent in our actions in order to build trust."

👇🏼 thread. We need to be a lot more transparent in our actions in order to build trust. https://t.co/7T6aliOXmG

— jack (@jack) October 12, 2017

The way Twitter enforces its own rules has come under fire many times before, most notably in reference to President Trump's unhinged behavior — such as that time he threatened nuclear war with North Korea

Last month Twitter announced that though it holds all accounts to the same rules it assesses the "newsworthiness" of a tweet that's been reported.

Among the considerations is "newsworthiness" and whether a Tweet is of public interest 3/6

— Twitter PublicPolicy (@Policy) September 25, 2017

Hours after Twitter announced McGowan's account had been unlocked the actress quoted the tweet, challenging Trump's past behavior that's gone unpunished by asking when nuclear war would be considered a violation of the rules.

when will nuclear war violate your terms of service? https://t.co/72FiiyoZ59

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017

It seems Twitter will have to work a lot harder to ensure their rules are upheld equally in the future.

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