The #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign began at midnight Thursday in NY from software engineer Kelly Ellis, who criticized the social media platform for failing to support "victims of hate and harassment". The sanctions came after the Charmed and Nip/Tuck star talked about the Weinstein allegations.
McGowan has been a loud voice on social media advocating for victims of sexual harassment and abuse following the multiple allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The actress returned to Twitter after her 12-hour suspension with claims that Harvey Weinstein raped her, clarifying previous statements that she had been sexually assaulted by an unnamed studio head.
It is unclear what message had fallen foul of the micro-blogging website's regulations, but according to Twitter's terms, moderators can suspend accounts if tweets have "been reported to us as violating our Rules surrounding abuse". The social network's lack of transparency has led to a great deal of frustration and confusion.
In a tweet to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday night, McGowan, who had previously been one of the original women to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment, became the fourth to accuse him of rape.More news: The View from Europe: Puerto Rico
Rose McGowan (at a Los Angeles event last month) settled with Weinstein after an alleged assault in 1997. Her account has now been restored, and she is back, fiercer than ever. The company said Thursday it will "be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future". "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 tweeted.
A spokesperson declined to comment further on Friday.
Other Twitter users have since devised a plan to boycott Twitter on Friday, October 13, in support of women like McGowan who have been silenced for sharing their experiences.
According to The Associated Press, McGowan previous year said that she had been raped by a "studio head".