This was the feel-good story of the weekend, only there is a catch. Most Americans know of Marjorie Taylor Greene, the absolutely bonkers Donald Trump-supporter congresswoman. She’s a white nationalist, she’s a Covid-denier, she spreads right-wing propaganda online and she’s one of the Republicans who (I believe) gave Capitol tours to insurrectionists before January 6th. She’s a nutjob and she was constantly on Twitter, spreading misinformation and lies. Well, big surprise, she was finally suspended from Twitter. But just her personal account – she still has her official Congress account.
Twitter on Sunday permanently suspended the personal account of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican of Georgia, after the company said she had violated its Covid-19 misinformation policies.
Twitter suspended Ms. Greene’s account after she tweeted on Saturday, falsely, about “extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths.” She included a misleading chart that pulled information from a government database of unverified raw data called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, a decades-old system that relies on self-reported cases from patients and health care providers.
Twitter said that Ms. Greene had a fifth “strike,” which meant that her account will not be restored. The company had issued her a fourth strike in August after she falsely posted that the vaccines were “failing.” Ms. Greene was given a third strike less than a month before that when she had tweeted that Covid-19 was not dangerous and that vaccines should not be mandated.
Ms. Greene’s official Congressional account, @RepMTG, remains active because tweets from that account did not violate the service’s rules.
“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, said in a statement. The company allows accounts to submit an appeal and will potentially reverse the suspension if the violating post is proven to be factual.
On the alternative social messaging platform Telegram, Ms. Greene said that Twitter “is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth.”
Sometimes, it’s still shocking to me that people like Greene are so hellbent on killing off their supporters. There is a huge chasm between the percentage of vaccinated Democrats and vaccinated Republicans, and Greene and her ilk continue to spread the worst kind of misinformation. Still, if Twitter says it was her “fifth” strike, then God knows what they already overlooked. I’m assuming Greene will just start posting crazy sh-t from her Representive account. Hopefully, Twitter will ban that sh-t too.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has finally been permanently suspended from Twitter. pic.twitter.com/DK0syk0wbV
— chris evans (@chris_notcapn) January 2, 2022
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