Marjorie Taylor Greene Back On Twitter After Being Suspended For Spreading “Misleading” COVID-19 Info
The controversial Republican leader was suspended from Twitter for 12 hours on Monday after repeatedly pushing misinformation about vaccines.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) came back to Twitter on Tuesday and likened the social media company to “Communist China” after she was temporarily suspended from the platform.
Greene confirmed on her personal Twitter account that she had been suspended for 12 hours starting on Monday. A company spokesperson confirmed to multiple outlets that she was suspended because she repeatedly pushed misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, violating Twitter’s policy.
“American social media company Twitter banned me for 12 hrs, censoring me, & violating my freedom of speech,” Greene tweeted on Tuesday. “You know who else silences, censors, and bans people they don’t like and want heard. Communist China.”
Twitter flagged more than one of the controversial leader’s recent tweets and labeled them as “misleading” — a practice the company began using in 2020 for former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account shortly before he was banned indefinitely.
Greene’s official government Twitter account did not appear to be suspended.
Greene has mostly focused on pushing her anti-vaccine stance in the last few months, often tweeting about and vocalizing baseless claims about the legitimacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. She has also called for the termination of infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, launching an attack on him and claiming he has spread lies about COVID-19. She co-sponsored a bill called the Fire Fauci Act, which has been endorsed by other Republican members of Congress. Greene has used the hashtag #FireFauci on several occasions, including shortly after Twitter reinstated her account.
Social media companies such as Twitter and more specifically, Facebook, are facing mounting pressure from the White House for their roles in allowing users to spread potentially dangerous claims. President Joe Biden recently called out Facebook for “the outrageous misinformation” being perpetrated on its platform as his administration continues to push Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy backed Biden’s criticism of social media companies and said the steps they’re taking to limit disinformation are “not enough.”
“This is about the health of Americans and the reality is that misinformation is still spreading like wildfire in our country, aided and abetted by technology platforms,” Murthy told “Fox News Sunday” in an interview.
Facebook’s vice president of integrity fought back against Biden’s comments in a blog post last week, saying the administration “has chosen to blame a handful of American social media companies.”
“While social media plays an important role in society, it is clear that we need a whole of society approach to end this pandemic,” Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of Integrity continued. “The fact is that vaccine acceptance among Facebook users in the US has increased.”
Greene has already become a polarizing figure since being elected to Congress in 2020. Some of the conservative leader’s actions include endorsing violence against Democratic lawmakers, making anti-Semitic comments, and perpetuating baseless conspiracy theories about QAnon, election fraud, and school shootings. Greene has reportedly harassed other members of Congress, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Cori Bush (D-MO).
While Greene is currently back on her Twitter account, any further violation could lead to a permanent suspension.