By Lauren Victoria Burke
After a third violation regarding COVID-19 misinformation, officials at the social media platform Twitter have banned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from their platform. Her suspended account was her personal account. Twitter has yet to ban Greene’s second twitter account, which is her official congressional account.
The account suspension arrived shortly after Greene tweeted false information linking COVID deaths to the vaccine. The suspension arrives as Greene and several other Republican members of Congress are being investigated by a special U.S. House Committee on the attack on the U.S. Capitol by the supporters of former President Donald Trump.
The problem of misinformation and intentional disinformation on social media is linked to the attack. Former employees of Facebook as well as critics of the platform point to the problem of a lack of regulation of Facebook’s content. False information that rapidly spreads unedited and uncorrected on the platform has been linked to Facebook in numerous instances.
“We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy,” said Katie Rosborough, a Twitter spokeswoman. Greene’s suspension from Twitter happens just as the Omicron variant of COVID is surging through the U.S. with New York recording over 85,000 new infections on December 31, 2021.
Greene has repeatedly been the instigator of derisive rhetoric and blatantly false information. She once referred to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as a member of the “Jihad Squad.” Before her election to Congress, Greene visited the Washington, D.C. office of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and harassed her staff who then summoned the U.S. Capitol Police. Greene’s 2019 antics were captured on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK6XEqG3UgE. As a member of Congress in 2021, Greene attempted to confront Cortez outside the U.S. House chamber.
In February 2021, even House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who has remained silent through a barrage of controversial statements involving sedition and racism, was compelled to denounce Greene.
“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” McCarthy said in a February 2021 statement.
Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and the host of the podcast BURKEFILE. She is a political analyst who appears regularly on #RolandMartinUnfiltered. She may be contacted at LBurke007@gmail.com and on twitter at @LVBurke