Twitter brought the ban hammer down on Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene last Sunday.
In particular, the social media platform locked Taylor Greene’s Twitter account for repeated violations of its COVID misinformation policy.
Twitter Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Account Permanently
In a statement Sunday, Twitter said it suspended a personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. It pointed to “repeated violations” of its Covid misinformation policy.
“We permanently suspended the account you referenced (@mtgreenee) for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” Twitter said.
“We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy,” it added. “We will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy.”
However, Twitter did not disclose what particular tweet Taylor Greene sent to earn the permanent ban. However, CNN reported that the offending tweet included a misleading graph.
This information reportedly showed deaths related to Covid-19 vaccines. The Georgia representative claimed that the government seems to ignore this information.
Taylor Greene: ‘Twitter is an Enemy to America’
In a statement through her office, Greene gave her side of the story. She said that Twitter suspended her for tweeting statistics from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
The VAERS operates under the Department of Health and Human Services. In fact, anyone can report an adverse event to the system.
For Taylor Greene’s claim, VAERS said that the system does not “determine if a vaccine caused a health problem.”
Taylor Greene, a right-wing Republican, uses her personal account most of the time. The account @mtgreenee has over 465,000 followers. After hearing of the suspension, she called out Twitter for their decision.
“Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth. That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies,” she said.
Despite the personal account ban, Taylor Green appears to continue enjoying access to her professional Twitter handle @repMTG. The account has more than 386,000 followers.
Twitter’s Strike System
Last March, Twitter implemented a strike system for account violations. A single strike might not lead to a penalty. However, Twitter will lock accounts that repeatedly violate the policy.
An accumulation of five or more strikes results in a permanent suspension. Last year, Taylor Greene received multiple suspensions for violating policies.
In January last year, the Georgia representative received a suspension for making false claims about widespread voter fraud in Georgia.
Twitter also suspended her in July and August for violating the Covid-19 policy with tweets about vaccines.
Not The First Time Twitter Banned An Elected Official
Specifically, Taylor Greene’s suspension isn’t the first time Twitter banned an elected official. Last year, the social media platform permanently banned then-President Donald Trump.
The company pointed to “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy” made by Trump. In addition, Twitter CFO Ned Segal said that the company will uphold the ban even if Trump runs again.
“Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence,” Segal said. “He was removed when he was president, and there’d be no difference for anybody who’s a public official once they’ve been removed from the service.”
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