Twitter permanently suspended the personal account of Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for violating policies on COVID-19 misinformation.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed on Jan. 2 that the company “permanently suspended” Greene’s account @mtgreenee for “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” which Twitter enacted last March.
Greene’s banned account had over 465,000 followers.
Under the Twitter policy, a user can be suspended for a week if they violate it four times. If they violate it five or more times, they will be permanently suspended.
A person familiar with Twitter’s decision told CNN that the tweet that prompted Greene’s ban included a misleading graph falsely claiming to show deaths linked to COVID-19 vaccines, which Greene claimed were being ignored.
Greene posted the tweet at 1:46 p.m. ET on Jan. 1, according to a screenshot seen by CNN.
In a statement through her office, Greene said that Twitter suspended her for tweeting statistics from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which operates under the Department of Health and Health and Human Services.
“Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth. That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies,” Greene stated.
VAERS said on its website that it is “not designed to determine if a vaccine caused a health problem.”
Twitter had previously temporarily suspended Greene multiple times last year for making false claims on the presidential election and on COVID-19 vaccines.
Greene’s ban came nearly a year after Twitter banned former President Donald Trump in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Greene appears to still have access to her official Congressional account, @RepMTG, which has over 390,000 followers.
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