GEORGIA — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been suspended again from Twitter, this time for sharing misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines and masks.
“The FDA should not approve the covid vaccines,” Greene tweeted late Monday night. “There are too many reports of infection & spread of #COVID19 among vaccinated people. These vaccines are failing & do not reduce the spread of the virus & neither do the masks. Vaccine mandates & passports violate individual freedoms.”
Twitter responded Tuesday by labeling her tweet as misleading and suspending her ability to tweet for one week. However, her account — and the offending tweet — remain visible, albeit in read-only mode.
This marks the second time Twitter has muzzled Greene for tweeting false or misleading information about COVID-19 and the third time overall. Last month, Greene was suspended for 12 hours for sharing COVID-19 misinformation. And in January, Greene was locked out for 12 hours for peddling false conspiracy theories connected to the Georgia election runoffs.
Greene’s Monday-night post ran afoul of Twitter’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, which says “you may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm.” Repeated violations — in this case, five or more “strikes” as defined by Twitter — can get Greene suspended permanently. When asked by CNN, a Twitter representative declined to say how many times Greene may have crossed the line.
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Greene shoots back at ‘hypocrisy’
On Facebook — where Greene is not locked out — the freshman representative shot back by sharing an opinion column from the conservative Washington Examiner, which quoted her response verbatim and unfiltered. In it, Greene again quoted discredited Instagram memes that take statistics out of context, railed against what she considered the “hypocrisy” of Twitter, and then demanded her voice to speak against the “communist Chinese bioweapon COVID-19.”
“After all, I’m an elected representative from GA14,” Greene wrote “I’m elected to represent the voice of my district.”
Greene, who moved from the Atlanta suburbs to northwest Georgia to compete for the 14th District’s open U.S. House seat, has been a lightning rod for controversy ever since she was elected. In February, fellow representatives stripped Greene of her committee assignments after videos of her spreading Q-Anon theories and harassing a survivor of a school shooting surfaced. And in July, Greene doubled down on comparing COVID-19 precautions to Nazi oppression, calling some public-health officials in a tweet “medical brown shirts.”
Also last month, a video surfaced on Twitter of Greene speaking in Alabama, where she implied that health-care workers going door-to-door should be shot, because Southerners don’t like strangers and “we all like our Second Amendment rights.”
“Good thing my voters could care less about Twitter,” Greene wrote in response to her latest suspension. Greene normally posts to Twitter and Facebook several times a day.https://www.reddit.com/live/17pxqwqkn4m18/
Read USA Today’s fact check on death rate among those vaccinated against COVID-19.
Read Twitter’s policy regarding posting misleading information about COVID-19.