Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) received yet another Twitter suspension for reportedly sharing misleading claims about the coronavirus. Twitter suspended her account for 12 hours last Monday.
‘COVID-19 Not Dangerous’
A spokesperson said Twitter suspended Greene’s account for two tweets she posted. The said tweets contained baseless claims that COVID-19 is “not dangerous” for some people. Specifically, the virus is safe for people below 65 years of age or not obese.
In fact, previous studies did show that obese people have a higher risk of developing COVID-19 complications. These complications usually result in a need for hospitalization.
In her first tweet, the fiery Georgia representative claimed that defeating obesity can protect people against the ongoing pandemic. The tweet read: “This is why no entity should force NON-FDA approved vaccines or masks.
Instead help people protect their health by defeating obesity, which will protect them from covid complications & death, and many other health problems. We should invest in health, not human experimentation.”
Later, she tweeted a reply to a post saying that a significant portion of the military will retire or resign if the US Armed Forces mandated COVID-19 vaccines for its personnel.
Her tweet wrote: “The controversial #COVID19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65. With 6,000 vax-related deaths and many concerning side effects reported, the vax should be a choice not a mandate for everyone.”
Twitter flagged both tweets as misleading, which led to her Twitter suspension. The social platform then barred users from sharing, liking, or commenting on the posts in question. “Content that is demonstrably false or misleading and may lead to a significant risk of harm (such as increased exposure to the virus, or adverse effects on public health systems) may not be shared on Twitter,” the company’s policy states.
Communist-Style Assault On Free Speech
Meanwhile, Greene lashed back at her 12-hour ban. “Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of the Silicon Valley Cartel are working hand in hand with the White House to censor Americans,” Greene commented. She referred to her Twitter suspension as “a communist-style assault on free speech. I will not back down and I will continue [to] tell the truth to the American people.”
However, the Twitter spokesperson reminded Greene and other users that the company reserves the right to ban people. Green’s account violated the company’s policy about COVID-19 information. It stated that “You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm.”
COVID-19 Cases Rise Amid Surge In Delta Variant
The United States enjoyed a brief few weeks where average daily COVID-19 cases dipped below 10,000. Now, the numbers are climbing back up as the highly infectious Delta strain is overrunning many areas. Meanwhile, vaccination rates are slowing down in some states.
Meanwhile, Greene, one of the more vocal Republicans that is against mask-wearing and vaccinations, is getting the heat for her controversial statements.
Last month, she apologized for comparing getting a vaccine to Jewish people getting a gold star on their arm. After visiting the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, she told her reporters that she’s more informed now. “There is no comparison to the Holocaust and there are words that I have said, remarks that I’ve made that I know are offensive and I want to apologize,” she said.
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