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“The View” Defends Rose McGowan, Rips Twitter (VIDEO)

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“The View” co-hosts on Thursday defended Rose McGowan after Twitter temporarily suspended her account. Whoopi Goldberg actually suggested boycotting the social media site. Check out the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, McGowan’s Twitter account was suspended after she repeatedly tweeted about Harvey Weinstein, who sexually harassed her, and Ben Affleck, who has been accused of inappropriate behavior. Many stars immediately rallied around her during the lock-out, for which the social networking company did not provide a clear-cut explanation. Now the panelists of ABC’s talk show made clear they have the actress’ back, too.

“We’ve seen insanity coming out of Twitter, in the craziest places, from the guy who’s in office now to neo-Nazis. What did she say that freaked everybody out?” Goldberg asked incredulously. Meghan McCain said she did not have that answer, “but I know that social media is used as an ISIS recruiting tool. Nazis, Russian bots, bullying, harassment — never shut down. But all of a sudden she’s being censored? I was quite angered at this. I need more clarity. I think Jack Dorsey and people in social media need to start taking more responsibility for the censorship they choose to exercise when they do it.”

McCain added of McGowan, “I feel bad for her. I was very affected by some of the things she was trying to say, as I think we all were at this table. She really is trying to speak out on her experiences in Hollywood and clearly has started this culture shift.” Joy Behar commented, “I think they said she was harassing somebody too much. But I just want to point out, a few weeks ago, Trump threatened North Korea. He said, ‘Might not be around much longer.’ That to me seems pretty egregious and should be taken off right there.”

Haines brought up the confusion over McGowan’s suspension, saying, “They made it very ominious, almost like her whole activity of the day, because she was tweeting repetitively. So they didn’t pull down a tweet or clarify to her what the tweet was. They just said to her you’re suspended because your ‘behavior crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates or uses fear to silence another.”

Goldberg was enraged by that, exclaiming, “Hey, Twitter! Have you been reading what’s on Twitter?! If you shut her down for this, you have joined another insanity place. And maybe we need all to find another way to communicate. If this is how you’re going to act, Twitter, I think people have the right to say, you know what? You’re gonna shut her down because she’s saying ‘hey, this is what’s happening, hey, tell the truth.’ If that’s what gets you shut down, I’m out, Twit!”

McCain also brought up the effects troll accounts had on the election, saying, “They still haven’t been shut down. Russian bots on Twitter, still a probblem in a lot of different ways.” Added Sunny Hostin, “That’s why this doesn’t make sense. What did she say?!” Responded Goldbberg, “That’s the point. It couldn’t be as bad as they did.” And Haines pointed out, “The whole problem with sexual abuse is people are silenced. They’re not speaking up. She is not anonymous. Her name is on her account. She’s speaking up and we shut her down.”

As a lawyer, Hostin argued, “You protect the most hateful speech, because then the minority view, the dissenting view, are the ones that generally get squelched in our society.” McCain added, “If one person’s First Amendment right is violated, all of ours are.” Behar then went back to the president’s own Twitter behavior, saying, “Donald Trump tweeted video of a golf ball hitting Hillary in the head. That’s abusive.” And McCain declared, “To be a woman on social media is to receive abuse, period.”

“All of us will receive hate, bullying, anger, things that, in my opinion, should be censored by Silicon Valley to a larger degree,” McCain said. She went on, “For a woman like Rose McGowan to say, ‘I’m going to take this medium and I’m going to use it to speak out about the harassment and injustices I’ve experienced,’ but Silicon Valley is going to choose to shut her down, there’s a lot of hypocrisy in that choice.”

Added Goldberg, “And that’s why I say it might be time to make our voices known. When says ‘help me here,’ she’s saying ‘it’s not just me this is going to happen to. It’s happening to all of us and now is the time.'” Watch the video below. For the record, Twitter says in a statement, “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 of our Terms of Service. The Tweet was removed and her account has been unlocked. We will be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.”

The company adds, “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.”

 


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