Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has been suspended from posting or commenting on Facebook for 24 hours as her personal spiral continues. Greene revealed the suspension early Monday on her account with the right-wing social media platform known as GETTR, where she predictably complained about the move. Greene ranted that when “Big Tech decides what political speech of elected Members is accepted and what’s not then they are working against our government and against the interest of our people”… as though the often-cited Republican interest in protecting the rights of private businesses went right out the metaphorical window.
If Twitter cannot trust Marjorie Taylor Greene enough to have a Twitter account, Congress cannot trust her to have access to sensitive information.
She must be removed.
— Holly McCormack for Congress (@Holly_4Congress) January 3, 2022
Greene revealed her suspension from Facebook the day after her personal account was permanently removed from Twitter for repeated violations of the company’s policies against spreading misinformation related to COVID-19. On Twitter, Greene still has her official account that is associated with her status as a Congresswoman, but like Trump, she focused on using her personal account for the more incendiary public remarks. Greene was removed from her committee roles in the House after past expressions of support on her part for executing prominent Democrats resurfaced, and in the time since, she’s often seemed to focus on cultivating a public persona rather than securing legislative accomplishments for the people of her district.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Permanently Suspended From Twitter for Pushing Covid Lies:
Good bye and good riddance. Do her official account next.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 2, 2022
As for the social media restrictions, at issue — according to Greene’s after-the-fact rants, at least — is her repeated promotion of claims regarding the supposed lack of safety of COVID-19 vaccines. She cited the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, aka VAERS, which lists deaths that have been recorded after patients received vaccines against COVID-19. The problem is that deaths following these vaccinations are required to be reported whether or not there’s any evidence linking the incidents to the shots. It’s a monitoring system — and the findings of this system have been profoundly misinterpreted by conspiracy-minded observers. Greene insisted on GETTR that there’s been “ZERO investigation into reported Covid deaths from government mandated #covid vaccines” — a claim which would seemingly be false.
A day after Twitter permanently suspended her personal account, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene R-GA says Facebook has suspended her for 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/9HtnMYYxoN
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 3, 2022
In his personal capacity, Trump himself remains banned from Twitter and Facebook, and although Republicans might love to complain about supposed censorship — or whatever, in reality, they’re doing just fine as a whole. It’s when real threats emerge, like Trump’s incitement of violence or Greene’s spreading of lies that could be dangerous to people’s health for them to take seriously, that tech companies have acted.
Twitter’s statement: “We permanently suspended the account for repeated violations of our Covid-19 misinformation policy.” pic.twitter.com/86Yzqqj7r1
— Davey Alba (@daveyalba) January 2, 2022