Twitter suspended rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican in Georgia, on Monday for violating her policy of posting “misleading information” related to the coronavirus pandemic.
A Twitter spokesman confirmed to The Post that Greene’s personal account would be in “read-only mode” for 12 hours. According to the social media giants COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation Policy revealed in March, the twelve-hour suspension is suspended for second and third offenses. A fourth violation results in a one-week suspension, while a fifth strike will lead to a ban.
Greene’s suspension was first reported by the New York Times.
Twitter also attached messages to two of the first-year congresswomen’s tweets about COVID-19 vaccines. The first tweet, published Sunday night, responded to a post from scandal-scarred surgeons Dr. David Samadi on admissions to coronavirus in the UK.
“In the UK, 47% of new COVID-19 cases are vaccinated people,” tweeted Samadi, to which Greene responded: “This is why no entity should force vaccines or masks that are not FDA approved. Instead, help people protect their health by defeating obesity, which will protect them from covid [sic] complications and death and many other health problems. We should invest in health, not human experiments. ”
The second tweet, sent Monday morning, read: “The controversial # COVID19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous to non-obese people and those under 65 years of age.
“With 6,000 wax-related deaths and many reported side effects, wax should be a choice, not a mandate for everyone,” Greene added.
Both Twitter messages identified tweets as “misleading” and urged users to access vaccine safety information.
Greene has been an outspoken critic of mask and vaccine mandates. In May, she created anger from members of both parties when she tweeted an article about a Tennessee grocery store adding a “vaccination logo” to the employee’s nameplate.
“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazis [sic] forced Jewish people to wear a gold star, ”Greene wrote, referring to the infamous yellow stars worn by Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe. “Vaccine passports and mask mandates discriminate against unvaccinated people who rely on their immune system against a virus that is 99% survivable.”
In a subsequent tweet, the Republican warned: “It will happen soon. ‘We only hire vaccinated people, show your wax papers.’ ‘We only accept vaccinated students, show your wax papers.’ ‘These bathrooms are for vaccinated people only, show your wax papers.’
“So … … scan your barcode or iron your chip on your arm.”
Greene apologized for these tweets last month after visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC and told reporters: “There is no comparison to the Holocaust, and there are words I have said, remarks that I have done it I know they are offensive and I will apologize. ”
The Greene suspension follows a war of words between the Biden administration and Facebook, after White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted that the White House “marked problematic posts” about coronavirus vaccines for the company.
“They are killing people,” the president said on Friday when asked about his message to social media companies. “The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they kill people. ”
A Facebook spokesman fired back, noting that “more than 2 billion people have seen authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than anywhere else 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 spokesman added. “Facts show that Facebook helps save lives. Period.”
Biden went back with his outburst on Monday, saying that while “I mean exactly what I said … Facebook is not killing people. These 12 people who are out there giving misinformation, anyone who listens to it will feel sorry for it. “Kills people. It’s bad information.”