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Twitter suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, on Monday for violating its policy against posting “misleading information” related to the coronavirus pandemic.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The Post that Greene’s personal account would be in “read-only mode” for 12 hours. According to the social media giant’s COVID-19 vaccine misinformation policy unveiled in March, 12-hour suspensions are doled out for second and third violations. A fourth violation results in a week’s suspension, while a fifth strike would lead to a ban.
Greene’s suspension was first reported by the New York Times.
Twitter also attached notices to two of the freshman congresswoman’s tweets about COVID-19 vaccines. The first tweet, posted Sunday night, responded to a post from scandal-scarred surgeon Dr. David Samadi about coronavirus hospitalizations in the United Kingdom.
“In the United Kingdom, 47% of new COVID-19 cases are vaccinated people,” Samadi tweeted, to which Greene responded: “This is why no entity should force NON-FDA approved vaccines or masks. Instead help people protect their health by defeating obesity, which will protect them from covid [sic] complications & death, and many other health problems. We should invest in health, not human experimentation.”
The second tweet, posted Monday morning, read: “The controversial #COVID19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65.
“With 6,000 vax related deaths and many concerning side effects reported, the vax should be a choice not a mandate for everyone,” Greene added.
Both of Twitter’s notices identified the tweets as “misleading” and invited users to access information about the safety of the vaccines.
Greene has been an outspoken critic of mask and vaccine mandates. In May, she drew outrage from members of both parties when she tweeting out an article about a Tennessee grocery store adding a “vaccination logo” to employee name badges.
“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s [sic] forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” wrote Greene, referring to the notorious yellow stars worn by Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”
In a subsequent tweet, the Republican warned: “Pretty soon it will be. ‘We only hire vaccinated people, show your vax papers.’ ‘We only admit vaccinated students, show your vax papers.’ ‘These bathrooms are only for vaccinated people, show your vax papers.’
“Then.. …scan your bar code or swipe your chip on your arm.”
Greene apologized for those tweets last month after paying a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, telling reporters: “There is no comparison to the Holocaust and there are words that I have said, remarks that I’ve made that I know are offensive and I want to apologize.”
The Greene suspension follows a war of words between the Biden administration and Facebook after White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted the White House was “flagging problematic posts” about coronavirus vaccines to the company.
“They’re killing people,” the president said Friday when he was asked about his message to social media companies. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”
A Facebook spokesperson fired back, noting that “more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet.”
“More than 3.3 million Americans have also used our vaccine finder tool to find out where and how to get a vaccine,” the spokesperson added. “The facts show that Facebook is helping save lives. Period.”
Biden walked back his outburst Monday, saying that while “I mean precisely what I said … Facebook isn’t killing people. These 12 people who are out there giving misinformation, anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it is killing people. It’s bad information.”
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