Jan 2, 2022

Marjorie Taylor Greene: Twitter bans congresswoman over Covid misinformation

Twitter has suspended the personal account of the US Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of its rules around coronavirus misinformation. The action against the Republican lawmaker came under Twitter's strike system, which identifies posts about the virus that could cause harm. In a lengthy statement posted to the social media outlet, Telegram, the 47-year-old said "Social media platforms can't stop the truth from being spread far and wide" and accused Twitter of aiding unidentified enemies in "a Communist revolution". The congresswoman's ban comes after she had tweeted on Saturday, falsely, about "Extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths" in the US.In a statement issued to the BBC, a Twitter spokesperson said that Rep Greene has been banned for "Repeated" violations of its coronavirus misinformation policy, which allows four "Strikes" with varying suspensions from the platform, before issuing a permanent ban. The social media giant had issued her with a fourth strike in August after she falsely posted that coronavirus vaccines were "Failing" and called on regulators not to approve new shots.

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