Twitter has permanently suspended one of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s accounts for “repeated violations” of its COVID-19 disinformation policy, a spokesperson for the service confirmed on Sunday.
The suspended account, @mtgreenee, was his personal and more prolific account. She will still be allowed to post from her official Congress page, @RepMTG.
His latest tweet falsely referred to “extremely high amounts of deaths from the Covid vaccine” – a phenomenon unfounded in reality that has nonetheless been repeated often in the right-wing media. The social media giant called it its fifth and final “strike.”
The controversial representative has been temporarily suspended from Twitter in the past for spreading false information about COVID-19 and plots related to the 2020 election. The company warned her in August that it would permanently delete her account if she violated again its policies, calling an article on vaccines “failing” his fourth “strike”. She was also suspended from the platform less than a month earlier for another post which claimed COVID-19 was not dangerous to anyone unless they were obese or elderly.
“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,” said Katie Rosborough, spokesperson for Twitter. The New York Times in a report.
Twitter’s decision to permanently ban a sitting congressman comes just a year after deciding to impose a similar ban on then-President Donald Trump following the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill.
In response to the ban, Greene posted a statement on the alternative social platform Telegram, a favorite of the far right for his lax moderation strategies.
“Social media platforms cannot stop the truth from spreading everywhere. Big Tech can’t stop the truth. Communist Democrats cannot stop the truth. I stand in solidarity with the truth and with the people. We will vanquish !