Twitter temporarily removed spokeswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Monday night after sharing misinformation about Covid-19 and a vaccine, a company spokesperson told CNN.
The Georgian Republican, who has experience with hate speech, will not be able to post on Twitter for 12 hours due to Twitter’s policy of people continuing to spread misinformation.
Twitter on Marjorie Taylor Greene Tweets
In recent days, social media platforms have labeled Greene’s two tweets as “misleading”. If he continues to share misinformation about Covid-19 via his Twitter account, Green could be temporarily removed from the platform.
The temporary suspension comes as the White House takes a stand to confront social media platforms for spreading misleading claims about a coronavirus vaccine as cases spread across the country.
“I urge all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” wrote US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murty in a 22-page board published last week. “Misinformation in healthcare is a serious threat to public health. They can create confusion, arouse suspicion, endanger public health, and undermine public health efforts. “
President Joe Biden specifically urged Facebook to leak information about a Covid-19 vaccine, but he denied his recent accusations that the company was directly responsible for “killing people” and suggested that it was simply spreading misinformation.
Joe Biden Statement on Account Suspension
“I hope that instead of taking it personally, Facebook is somehow saying that Facebook is killing people that they’re going to do something about misinformation, misinformation about vaccines. That’s what I meant,” the President said Monday after a speech at the White House about the state of the economy.
Green banned from Twitter for 12 hours earlier this year after conspiracy to vote for the Senate in Georgia. Some of these tweets earned a Twitter label, which stated, “These allegations of electoral fraud are controversial and these tweets cannot held accountable, retweeted or liked due to the risk of violence.”
The Georgian Republican sought to gain notoriety as an outsider and a robber, and routinely used parliamentary procedures to slow down business on the House floor to the horror of his colleagues.
But his tactics have helped him gain support from the far right. In April, his campaign announced that he had raised $3.2 million in his first three months of posting, a staggering amount for a newbie.