Twitter has permanently suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.
“We permanently suspended Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” Twitter said in a statement, as first reported by CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan. “We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy.”
Twitter in March said it would permanently suspend accounts which repeatedly post COVID-19 vaccine misinformation.
Greene, who is a Republican, most frequently tweeted from the handle @mtgreenee, which had more than 465,000 followers. She still has access to and can tweet from her official congressional account @RepMTG, which has more than 386,000 followers.
The tweet that prompted the permanent ban included a graph purporting to show deaths related to Covid-19 vaccines, which Greene claimed have been ignored, according to a person familiar with Twitter’s decision. The tweet was sent at 1:46 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day, according to a screenshot obtained by CNN.
According to Twitter’s Covid-19 misinformation policy, users can receive a one-week suspension if they violate that policy four times. Violating the Covid-19 policy five or more times can result in a permanent ban.
Greene released a statement after the ban, part of which said: “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 the truth and the people. We will overcome!”
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