Twitter Temporarily Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene For Sharing Covid-19 Misinformation
Twitter suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from its platform for twelve hours late on Monday night after the congresswoman’s posts violated the company’s policy on “misleading” information about the coronavirus, a move that comes days after President Joe Biden slammed social media companies for not doing enough to curb misinformation about Covid-19 and vaccines.
Greene, who has been a vocal critic of mask mandates and vaccines as a means to combat Covid-19, tweeted on Monday that Covid-19 was not dangerous for people under 65, who were not obese, and said vaccines should not be required.
Twitter has allowed her posts to remain online but has labeled them as misleading.
The congresswoman’s account will be in “read-only mode” for 12 hours, which means she won’t be allowed to make any new posts during that time period.
Greene’s tweet comes at a time when Covid-19 cases are once again on the rise across the U.S. as the more infectious Delta variant of the virus takes hold and the uptake of vaccines begins to stall.
Georgia, the congresswoman’s home state, is now reporting on average 1,000 new Covid-19 cases a day compared to an average of around 340 cases a day exactly one month ago.
In a statement shared with the New York Times, Greene accused Silicon Valley companies of working with the White House to curb free speech and said: “These Big Tech companies are doing the bidding of the Biden regime to restrict our voices and prevent the spread of any message that isn’t state-approved.”