Twitter on Sunday permanently suspended Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s account after she repeatedly violated its Covid misinformation policy, The New York Times reports.
Twitter said it shuttered the account after Greene on Saturday tweeted false claims about “extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths.” Greene’s tweet included a misleading chart based on unverified raw data called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Twitter said that it was Greene’s “fifth strike,” meaning that her account will not be restored.
The company previously flagged Greene for her fourth strike in August after she falsely claimed that the vaccines were “failing.” She previously tweeted a month earlier that Covid was not dangerous and that vaccines should not be required.
Though the Omicron variant has a high rate of dodging both natural and vaccine-acquired immunity, the two-dose mRNA vaccines still have efficacy rates over 90% against hospitalizations and boosters have been shown to protect up to 75% of people from infection.
The social network said that Greene’s congressional account will remain active because it had not violated the company’s rules.
“We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy,” spokeswoman Katie Rosborough said in a statement, adding that users can appeal and get their suspensions reversed if the violating post is proven to be factual.
Twitter has often banned users that violate the company’s policies but has tried to avoid any big-name suspensions. The company came under fire repeatedly for allowing former President Donald Trump to post misinformation before ultimately banning him after the deadly Capitol riot.
Greene fires back:
"Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth," Greene said in a statement. "That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies."
Greene later wrote on Monday that her Facebook account was also temporarily locked for 24 hours.
“I’m an elected member of Congress representing over 70,000 US tax-paying citizens and I represent their voices, values, defend their freedoms, and protect the Constitution,” she said in a statement.