Recently, social media giant Twitter suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for approximately 12 hours. The platform claimed that Greene violated its terms of service by sharing allegedly misleading information regarding the coronavirus.
Twitter claimed that Greene’s account would be suspended after she posted a series of tweets on Monday and Sunday regarding COVID and the COVID vaccines, though Twitter claims that these posts could constitute misinformation.
The social media giant also claimed that the suspension would be only temporary, and that Greene would have restored access to her account after a 12-hour ban. While Twitter did not remove Greene’s post, the social media platform flagged them for containing presumed misinformation regarding COVID, including the COVID vaccines. In addition, Twitter also provided links for allegedly accurate information from public health officials.
In one tweet posted early on Monday, Greene asserted that COVID does not represent a threat for individuals under 65, nor does it represent a threat for younger individuals who are not obese. In addition, Greene also argued that vaccines should not be a mandatory requirement for Americans.
Greene also quoted Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), as Massie had received information from a connection in the military related to mandatory COVID vaccines.
In addition, Greene also posted another tweet in which she proclaimed that no organization should have the power to “force NON-FDAU approved vaccines or masks” upon the general population. Instead, Greene asserts that public health officials should concentrate on preventative measures, such as “defeating obesity,” which will help protect Americans from complications due to the coronavirus and “many other health problems.”
“We should invest in health, not human experimentation,” Greene proclaimed.
According to Twitter, the company was forced to “[take] enforcement action on the account of @mtgreene” for supposed “violations of the Twitter rules,” namely the rules related to the “COVID-19 misleading information policy.”
In an official statement, Greene argued that Twitter and likeminded companies are collaborating with the Biden administration to launch an assault against free speech, which includes “doing the bidding of the Biden regime to restrict [Americans’] voices and prevent the spread of any message that isn’t state approved.”
The social media giant has been routinely banning users who allegedly share misinformation. Twitter issued a policy during the spring that detailed the penalties for sharing supposedly misleading information.
Greene received a 12-hour ban, which is the apparent punishment for Twitter users who have received two or three “strikes,” otherwise known as notices regarding their posts. Once a Twitter user accumulates four strikes, they face a weeklong suspension, and after five strikes, users are banned permanently from Twitter.
Aside from sharing alleged misinformation regarding COVID, Twitter also issues bans to users for other presumed violations, as exemplified by the platform’s permanent ban of Donald J. Trump in January. Twitter claimed that the permanent ban was based upon Trump’s alleged incitement of violence during the events of January 6 on Capitol Hill.
In addition to Twitter, Facebook has also issued a permanent suspension on Trump’s account. However, Trump has since argued that the tech giants have engaged in open censorship, and he has subsequently filed massive lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook, and Google, as well as each company’s CEO.
Twitter had previously suspended Greene in April, though the company later claimed that the suspension had occurred due to an error from its automated systems, rather than her tweets. Once the ban was lifted, Greene promptly tweeted that the social media platform had been lying about the real reason for her suspension.
Greene’s suspension emerges in the wake of Biden’s recent commands to social media giants, which argued that the platforms need to take more aggressive action against the spread of alleged misinformation regarding the COVID vaccine. Biden also claimed that tech giants, such as Facebook, are “killing people” through the spread of misinformation, adding that “the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people.”
Facebook furiously retorted to Biden’s commentary, arguing that the attack on the company was unfounded. Shortly thereafter, Biden adjusted his criticism and stated that some Facebook users, rather than the company itself, has been responsible for the spread of presumed misinformation regarding COVID.
Nonetheless, Biden still demanded that the social media giant should fight back against the “outrageous misinformation” that has been spread by users, rather than taking Biden’s commentary as a personal insult.