Twitter Faces Boycott for Suspending Actress's Account

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Ben Affleck with Harvey Weinstein

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Twitter said Ms McGowan's account had been temporarily locked because one of her tweets violated its terms of service.

However, a short time later the star took to Instagram and Facebook to share that her Twitter feed had been suspended for 12 hours, for violating the social media sites' rules.

While McGowan has avoided addressing her past with Weinstein directly, she has often seemingly referenced it.

Actors Anna Paquin, Alyssa Milano, and John Cusack are among those who've thrown their support behind the boycott, which is meant to show solidarity with survivors of abuse and protest Twitter's silencing of McGowan and other survivors who speak out.

She had tweeted, "Women fight on". Her account has now been restored, and she is back, fiercer than ever.

"Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein", Weinstein's representative, Sallie Hofmeister, said Thursday.

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The backlash began after actor Rose McGowan - a vocal critic who has accused "HW" of raping her - was briefly suspended for tweeting a personal phone number.

"They shut down Rose McGowan but not this dude", she tweeted, with images of abusive messages.

"Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power", the statement continues.

The suspension was seen as just another move to silence women. "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", it added.

Earlier, The New York Times reported that Weinstein paid a financial settlement of $100,000 to McGowan in 1997 over an incident in a hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. "I said I was the proof", she claimed, later confirming to The Hollywood Reporter that the initials in her tweet belonged to Weinstein.

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