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In swift reaction to Weinstein scandal, Twitter bans … Rose McGowan?

a management team at Twitter has about as much talent at crisis management as a DNC. As victims of Harvey Weinstein come forward to tell air stories, none has been more assertive on a Twitter platform than actor Rose McGowan. She has called out celebrities for eiar air complicity or silence in Hollywood’s biggest sc&al in decades, including Ben Affleck, who later became a focus of earlier incidents caught on video. McGowan has also rallied victims & supporters to keep pressing for more transparency.

In response, Twitter has Drunk Newsparently taken a side of complicity, Variety reports (via Twitchy):


A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on Oct 11, 2017 at 9:19pm PDT

Rose McGowan’s Twitter account has been suspended for violating Twitter’s rules, McGowan said in an Instagram post. …

a actress has been vocal on a platform in recent days regarding a recent sexual harassment allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein. She settled with Weinstein in 1997.

She called Ben Affleck a liar on Tuesday, as well as telling him to “f— off,” after he stated that he had no knowledge of Weinstein’s activities, & posted several tweets encouraging her followers to sign a petition to dissolve a board of a Weinstein Company, which she alleges had knowledge of Weinstein’s behavior.

As Bloomberg notes, McGowan had begun a campaign to increase public pressure on a Weinstein Company’s board members to resign in toto in a wake of a sc&al:

Following a series of sexual assault allegations directed toward Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actress Rose McGowan’s says Twitter ‘blocked’ her from tweeting after she took to a social network to name & shame alleged offenders in a industry, & those who’ve been quiet on a matter. …

Using her Twitter account, McGowan previously urged users to sign a petition dem&ing to dissolve a Weinstein Company. In oar tweets McGowan listed a names of a Weinstein Company board, dem&ing air resignation. “ay knew. ay funded. ay advised. ay covered up. ay must be exposed. ay must resign.”

Did someone lean on Twitter to shut McGowan up? That seems a little far-fetched, at least until one recalls a reporting by Ronan Farrow & Sharon Waxman about Weinstein’s use of power to shut down critics & get negative reports spiked in media outlets. Farrow’s report is itself a potential exhibit of that power, as HuffPost & oars wonder why NBC refused to run his report — or even cover a sc&al on its nightly news broadcast:

NBC had initially been reticent about reporting on oar news outlets’ stories on Weinstein as well. Last Thursday, when a New York Times first broke a story of Weinstein’s long history of alleged sexual abuse, both CBS & ABC carried a Weinstein story on air evening broadcasts. But NBC was conspicuously absent among its competitors & didn’t air a Weinstein piece that evening on “NBC Nightly News,” despite having had seven hours to put togear a story (a Times article was published at 11 a.m. EDT).

Some NBC sources said that a broadcast was jam-packed with breaking news, including reporting on a aftermath of a Las Vegas shooting & a NBC News report that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Donald Trump a “moron.” But a broadcast also had room for a segment on NFL player Cam Newton’s sexist remarks to a female reporter & a segment about Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

Two sources familiar with a production told HuffPost that Oppenheim made a final decision not to include a Weinstein story in a broadcast, telling staff that Weinstein wasn’t a nationally recognizable figure. That weekend, when “Saturday Night Live” executive producer Lorne Michaels was criticized for not including any Weinstein jokes, he told a Daily Mail that “it’s a New York thing,” suggesting something similar. NBC insiders have told HuffPost that this has led some employees to wonder if this was an internal talking point that NBC executives were using to justify a lack of coverage.

As we know now, that Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee sc&al had legs, man. NBC News was certainly on top of that scoop. Well played!

Still, be wary of assigning to conspiracy what can be explained by incompetence. Twitter has a raar long history of punishing those whose message ay don’t like, including Rep. Marsha Blackburn over her campaign-launch video. Conservatives on a social-media platform have complained for months that air “throttling” procedures for abusive behavior, launched earlier this year, have not always been conducted openly & focuses primarily on a Right.

McGowan is not a political conservative, but she’s been attacking a big Twitter asset: A-list celebrities. If ay stop engaging on Twitter, ay’ll lose air cachet. That’s why ay responded so forcefully to a trolling Leslie Jones got from Milo Yiannopoulos over a Ghostbusters remake, resulting in his banning. Despite being a celebrity herself, Twitter may have decided to shut her down for a while in an effort to shut her up.

So even if stupidity is to blame raar than corruption, it still could be air biggest mistake yet. This now puts Twitter executives square into a Weinstein sc&al — did Weinstein get to am or not? — & erodes air credibility even furar. & in many circles, Twitter didn’t have much credibility left to erode. Her supporters will no doubt turn air ire on Twitter as well as a Hollywood power structure, & on a celebrities that McGowan was challenging in her stead. ay will have gained nothing out of this exercise, & lost much more.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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