On Sunday, the personal Twitter account of U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was permanently suspended from the website due to the congresswoman allegedly posting “misinformation” about the Chinese coronavirus.
As reported by the New York Post, Twitter justified the banning of Greene’s verified original account, @mtgreenee, due to “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.” Her official government account, @RepMTG, is still active.
“We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy,” Twitter’s statement concluded.
In response, Greene took to the alternative messaging platform Telegram to declare that “Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth…we don’t need them, and it’s time to defeat our enemies.”
“They can’t successfully complete a Communist revolution when people tell the truth,” Greene continued. “I stand with the truth and the people. We will overcome!” she declared.
Twitter significantly ramped up its efforts to censor conservative voices on its website over the last year. In an unprecedented move that was widely condemned around the world, the website permanently suspended the account of President Donald Trump, falsely accusing him of “incitement of violence” after a peaceful protest at the United States Capitol by his supporters on January 6th, 2021. At the time, with nearly 89 million followers, President Trump’s account was among the top six most-followed accounts on the entire website.
With any permanent suspension, Twitter rarely admits to which particular tweet was the ultimate cause for the ban. But on Saturday, it was reported that Greene had used her Twitter account to point out that deaths from vaccines were much rarer prior to the rollout of the coronavirus vaccines; since the vaccines have been developed and widely forced on many in the United States, Greene said there has been an “extremely high amount of covid vaccine deaths [that] are ignored, and government forced vaccine mandates are increased.”
The final ban of Greene’s account marked the fourth time overall that Twitter had censored the popular Georgia congresswoman in any capacity since she first rose to prominence in 2020, the year she was elected to Congress.