SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Twitter said Sunday that it had banned right-wing representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account for several violations of the platform’s COVID-19 misinformation policy, the latest attack on the fiery soul whose embrace of conspiracy theories has been called. “a cancer” for the GOP and led Parliament to exclude her from committee.
The Republican’s account from Georgia was permanently suspended under the “strike” system Twitter launched in March, which uses artificial intelligence to identify posts about coronavirus that are misleading enough to cause harm to humans. Two or three strikes provide a 12-hour account lock. Four strikes result in a week-long suspension. Five or more strikes could get someone permanently removed from Twitter.
In a statement on the messaging app Telegram, Greene blasted Twitter’s features as un-American. She wrote that her account was suspended after tweeting statistics from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a government database containing unconfirmed raw data.
“Twitter is an enemy of America and can not handle the truth,” Greene said. “It’s fine. I want to show America that we do not need them and it is time to defeat our enemies.”
Twitter had previously suspended Greene’s personal account for periods of 12 hours to an entire week. The ban applies to Greene’s personal account, @mtgreenee, but does not affect her official Twitter account, @RepMTG.
The first period legislator has repeatedly aroused controversy over inflammatory comments.
On social media, she has expressed support for racist views, unfounded QAnon-pro-Donald Trump conspiracy theories, such as the lie that the 2020 election was stolen, and calls for violence against democratic politicians, including House President Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif .
Last February, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called her embrace of conspiracy theories and “stupid lies” a “cancer of the Republican Party.” The Democratic-led House fired her the same month from her two committee duties, the House Education and Work Committee and the House Budget Committee.
In July, Twitter suspended Greene for a week after President Joe Biden urged technology companies to take stronger action against false vaccine allegations that “kill people.” Twitter has defended its efforts to keep dangerous misinformation about COVID-19 away from its site, saying it has removed thousands of tweets and challenged millions of accounts worldwide.
Among Greene’s recent tweets was a Saturday that erroneously referred to “extremely high rates of covid vaccine deaths,” according to tweets stored in the Internet Archive.
Last week, Greene also boasted on Twitter of talking to the former president on the phone. She said she had received Trump’s permission to clarify his position that he is against vaccine mandates, even though he is urging people to get the vaccine and boost. Trump was hailed by some audiences in Dallas on Dec. 19 when he said he had received a COVID-19 booster shot.
On Sunday, the White House’s top medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci that the United States has seen almost a “vertical increase” in new COVID-19 cases, now averaging 400,000 cases a day, with more hospital admissions. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has driven an increase in new cases across the country.