Twitter permanently bans Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account
Twitter isn’t shy about banning more top US politicians. Like The New York Times reports that the social network has permanently banned the personal account of Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene after a fifth “strike” for spreading disinformation about COVID-19. Her official account is still active at the time of this writing because it has not broken Twitter rules.
It’s unclear what immediately precipitated the ban. Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough only said the company had “been made clear” that it would be issuing permanent suspensions for “repeated violations” of its COVID-19 disinformation policy.
Greene had faced a series of increasing bans for his inaccurate claims. She falsely claimed in July that COVID-19 was not dangerous unless you were over 65 or obese, and in August poorly maintained vaccines were “failing” against the Delta variant of the new coronavirus. The posts led to 12-hour and one-week suspensions respectively.
In one declaration, Greene said tech companies and Democrats “can’t prevent the truth” and accused Twitter of hypocrisy in its dealings with Democrats, calling Twitter “America’s enemy.” However, she signaled no intention to challenge the ban and only said “we don’t need it.”
The crackdown comes just under a year after Twitter permanently banned former President Trump, and reflects the social media giant’s less lenient stance towards politicians over the past year – he’s ready to ban officials for violations rather than applying warning labels and avoiding direct action. And while ban targets like Trump may create their own social networks or switch to alternatives at any cost, there is no doubt that they will lose some influence online by being kicked off mainstream platforms.