Twitter said on Sunday that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has repeatedly spread ‘misinformation’ which they used as an excuse to suspend Rep. Greene’s personal account permanently.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., had her personal verified Twitter account permanently banned for spreading COVID-19 “misinformation,” the social media company said Sunday.
“We permanently suspended Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” Twitter said in a statement. “We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy.”
On Saturday, Greene had tweeted about an “extremely high amount of covid vaccine deaths” that she said are “ignored,” Rolling Stone reported.
According to Twitter’s strike policy, two or three strikes earn a 12-hour account lock; four strikes prompt a weeklong suspension, and five or more strikes can get someone permanently removed from Twitter.
The congresswoman responded to the decision on GETTR, a conservative social media platform founded by Jason Miller, a former aide and spokesman of former President Donald Trump.
“When Maxine Waters can go to the streets and threaten violence on Twitter, Kamala and Ilhan can bail out rioters on Twitter, and Chief spokesman for terrorist IRGC can tweet mourning Soleimani, but I get suspended for tweeting VAERS statistics, Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth,” Greene wrote. “That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies.”
In July, Twitter suspended Greene for a week after President Joe Biden urged tech companies to take stronger action against bogus vaccine claims that are “killing people.” Twitter has defended its efforts to keep dangerous misinformation about COVID-19 off its site, saying it has removed thousands of tweets and challenged millions of accounts worldwide.
On Sunday, the White House’s top medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the U.S. had seen almost a “vertical increase” of new COVID-19 cases, now averaging 400,000 cases a day, with hospitalizations also up. Fauci has stated that the omicron variant of COVID-19 has driven a surge in new cases across the U.S.
The ban on Congresswoman Greene applies to her personal account but does not affect her official Twitter account.
Jayapal, who chairs the Progressive Congressional Caucus, reacted to the news of Greene’s ban on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show,” saying social media companies need to be doing “much, much more” to quash the spread of conspiracy theories online.
“It’s no secret that our social media companies have been part of their algorithms promoting disinformation,” she said. “And I think that these steps are important but, frankly, a little too little and a little too late.
Jayapal did not acknowledge that the information that Greene had shared was VAERS statistics.