Twitter has permanently suspended one of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s accounts for “repeated violations” of its COVID-19 misinformation policy, a spokesperson for the service confirmed Sunday.
@mtgreenee was her personal account. She will be allowed to post from her official Congressional webpage, @RepMTG.
Her final tweet falsely referenced “extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths” — a phenomenon with no basis in reality that nonetheless has been often repeated across right-wing media. The social media giant called it her fifth and final “strike.”
In the past, the controversial representative was temporarily suspended from Twitter for spreading false information about COVID-19 as well as conspiracies related the 2020 election. The company warned her back in August that it would permanently take down her account if she violated its policies again, calling a post about vaccines “failing” her fourth “strike.”She was also suspended from this platform less than a year earlier for another post, in which she claimed that COVID-19 was safe for anyone, except those who are elderly or obese.
“We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy,” Katie Rosborough, a Twitter spokeswoman, told The New York TimesIn a statement
Twitter’s decision to permanently ban a sitting congressperson comes just one year after it decided to hand down a similar ban to then-President Donald Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Greene responded to the ban by releasing a statement on alternative social platform Telegram, a favorite of far-righters for its lax moderation strategies.
“Social media platforms can’t stop the truth from being spread far and wide. Big Tech can’t stop the truth. Communist Democrats can’t stop the truth. I stand with truth and people. We will overcome!”