Twitter has banned the personal account of outspoken Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for tweets that repeatedly violated its COVID-19 misinformation policy.
- Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account was suspended but her official account remains active
- Greene violated Twitter’s five-strike policy by posting misleading COVID-19 information
- The Republican congresswoman blasted the move as “un-American” in a post on Telegram
Last month the Georgia Republican’s account was permanently suspended under a “strike” system Twitter launched in March.
The system uses artificial intelligence to identify posts about COVID-19 that are misleading enough to cause people harm.
Two or three strikes result in a 12-hour account lockout; four strikes prompt a one week suspension, and five or more can have a person permanently removed from the social media site.
Ms Greene is the first member of Congress to have a personal account permanently suspended.
In a statement on messaging app Telegram, she blasted Twitter’s move as “un-American”.
She wrote her account was suspended after tweeting statistics from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a government database which includes unverified raw data.
“Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth,” she said.
“That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies.”
The ban applies to Ms Greene’s personal account but does not affect her official Twitter account.
Last June she apologised after comparing COVID-19 mask requirements and vaccinations to the Holocaust in which 6 million Jewish people were murdered by the Nazis.
In a tweet posted in July which prompted a one-week suspension, Ms Greene claimed coronavirus “is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65”.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people under 65 account for nearly 250,000 of the country’s COVID-related deaths.
Ms Greene previously blasted the suspension as a “communist-style attack on free speech”.
The congresswoman’s official account remains active on Twitter and has 390,000 followers, slightly less than the 465,000 followers on her now banned personal account.
Twitter and several other social media platforms banned former president Donald Trump from their platforms after his supporters attacked the US Capitol on January 6 last year.