Ever since the coronavirus outbreak, where being well-informed can save lives, conspiracy theories, allegations and fake news has flooded the Internet.
While there is access to a range of valuable information sources online, there is also a considerable amount of misinformation, especially on social media.
When it comes to Covid-19, social media platforms have been censoring disinformation and suspended people who spread it, including politicians like Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has been an outspoken critic of vaccines.
Is vaccination status protected by HIPAA?
While asking someone about their Covid-19 vaccination might be a touchy subject, it isn’t a violation as it’s not information protected by HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), according to HEALTH.
The Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene was asked in a press conference about her vaccination status, to which she responded: “your question is a violation of my HIPAA rights.”
The video of her answer has gone viral on Twitter, and it’s safe to say that it’s Covid-19 misinformation, as HIPAA does not protect anyone’s vaccination status.
This isn’t the first time the politician from the state of Georgia has been spreading false information about coronavirus, vaccinations, and face masks, and that has led Twitter to take measurements accordingly.
Marjorie Taylor Greene suspended from Twitter
A frequent user of Twitter with half a million followers, Marjorie Taylor Greene shared some tweets on Monday, July 19th 2021, suggesting in two of them that vaccines should not be required and that Covid-19 was not dangerous for people aged under 65 who are not obese.
As her claims fall far behind the research statements of scientists and doctors, Twitter decided to suspend the account of MTG for 12 hours.
This initiative happened after US President Joe Biden called out Facebook over the dissemination of Covid-19 vaccine information, suggesting that it allows the spread of misinformation.
That gave Marjorie Taylor Greene the motive to refer to her 12-hour suspension from tweeting as a violation of her freedom of speech with support from the White House.
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