Twitter Bans Marjorie Taylor Greene's Personal Account Over COVID Misinformation

Twitter has permanently banned the personal account of the congresswoman, who previously likened mask mandates and vaccination efforts to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany

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Twitter on Sunday banned the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations of its COVID-19 misinformation policy, according to a statement from the company.

Greene’s account was permanently suspended under the “strike” system Twitter launched in March, which uses artificial intelligence to identify posts about the coronavirus that are misleading enough to cause harm to people. Two or three strikes earn a 12-hour account lock; four strikes prompt a weeklong suspension, and five or more strikes can get someone permanently removed from Twitter.

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Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twitter had previously suspended the account for periods ranging from 12 hours to a full week. The ban applies to Greene’s personal account, @mtgreenee, but does not affect her official Twitter account, @RepMTG.

A Greene tweet posted shortly before her weeklong suspension in July claimed that the virus “is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people under 65 account for nearly 250,000 of the U.S. deaths involving COVID-19.

Greene previously blasted a weeklong suspension as a “Communist-style attack on free speech.”

In May, Taylor Greene doubled down on her claim that COVID-related mask mandates and vaccination efforts were comparable to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.

In a series of tweets, the Republican lawmaker claimed that any differentiation in the treatment of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in the public sphere was akin to forcing Jews to don yellow star badges under the Third Reich.

In a separate tweet, Greene compared a supermarket’s decision to add a logo to the badges of vaccinated workers to the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi-occupied Europe. “Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s [sic] forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” she said on Twitter. 

Following this tweet, which was only one of many, Greene issued an apology in June saying “The horrors of the Holocaust are something that some people don’t even believe happened, and some people deny, but there is no comparison to the Holocaust,”

JTA and Sam Sokol contributed to this report.

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