Rose McGowan’s Twitter Account Locked After Posts About Weinstein

By midmorning on Thursday, as the Twitter universe was in full steam about Ms. McGowan’s situation, the company moved to explain its actions. In a statement, a Twitter representative said Ms. McGowan’s tweets had violated the company’s privacy policy because one of them included a phone number.

A person familiar with the decision, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information was confidential, said the phone number of a prominent personhad been visible in a screenshot of an email that Ms. McGowan had posted on the service.

“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,” Twitter said of Ms. McGowan’s account. “The tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.”

Twitter can and often does take down individual tweets, rather than suspend entire accounts. A person familiar with Ms. McGowan’s account said her account had been frozen partly because of timing: The key decision makers at Twitter, based in San Francisco, were out of the office when the account was locked overnight. When the workday started, Twitter’s executives decided to lift the 12-hour freeze several hours early.

Ms. McGowan reached a $100,000 settlement with Mr. Weinstein in 1997 after a hotel room incident at the Sundance Film Festival, and in recent days has been vocal in her support of women who have stepped forward to reveal that the producer sexually harassed them or worse.

On Tuesday, after the…

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