Twitter permanently suspended Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account for repeatedly violating company policy against the publication of COVID-19 disinformation on the platform. Greene still has access to her official Congress account, @MTGRep, although she has used her personal account, @mtgreenee most often.
Twitter didn’t say exactly what caused the Republican Georgia lawmaker to be suspended, but it did come a day after she was suspended tweeted a false statement on the “extremely high amounts of COVID vaccine-related deaths.” The tweet included a chart from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which includes unverified claims that officials warned they should not be considered factual. Twitter said the tweet that suspended Greene amounted to her fifth strike, meaning she won’t be able to restore her account. Accounts that have been suspended can appeal and the suspension can be revoked if what has been written is turned out to be factual. Greene’s previous strike came in August when she said vaccines “were failing”, resulting in a week-long suspension of her account. And she had received a third strike and a 12-hour suspension, when she falsely stated that COVID-19 was only dangerous for people who were obese or over 65. “We have made it clear that, in accordance with our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy,” a Twitter spokesperson said.
Greene criticized Twitter harshly in a statement on Telegram, a messaging application. “Twitter is an enemy of America and cannot handle the truth,” Greene said. “That’s good, I’m going to show America that we don’t need them and that it’s time to defeat our enemies.” Greene’s suspension comes nearly a year after Twitter soon banned then-President Donald Trump after the January 6 riot at the Capitol.