Twitter Permanently Suspends Representative Majorie Taylor Greene’s Account


A screenshot of Greene’s suspended Twitter account

By Eunho Jung, Senior Editor

Representative Majorie Taylor Greene has been a frequent topic in the headlines ever since she was elected in 2021 representing Georgia’s 14th District.

Best known for spewing QANON conspiracy theories and spreading misinformation on COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines especially on Twitter, Greene has been referred to as the “cancer” of the GOP.

However, Twitter said enough is enough and permanently suspended Green’s personal account on Sunday, January 2, 2022. Her official account @RepMTG is still active.

Greene has actively been spreading wildly, inaccurate misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines from the very beginning of the pandemic using Twitter as her main outlet to do so.

In March 0f 2020, Twitter introduced the Covid-19 misleading policy. The policy states in broad terms, “You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm.” In order to violate this policy, the content must “advance a claim of fact, expressed in definitive terms; be demonstrably false or misleading, based on widely available, authoritative sources; and be likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm.”

Two or three strikes of this policy can earn a 12-hour account lock. Four strikes result in a weeklong suspension. And five or more strikes can get your Twitter account banned permanently.

Greene hit her fifth strike after tweeting statistics from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a government database containing unverified data. After tweeting this on Saturday, her account was subsequently suspended the following day.

Anti-vaxxers have used data from VAERS as a way to push the notion that adverse effects of the vaccine, including death, have been underreported by the government.

Back in August, Greene received her fourth strike resulting in a seven-day suspension after tweeting misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

Katie Rosborough, a Twitter spokeswoman, shared in a statement, “We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy.”

Greene did not take this well, exclaiming that Twitter “is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth.”

Joining her idol —former President Donald Trump—on Twitter’s black-list, Greene has resorted to another social media platform, Telegram.

The debate between censorship and safety regulation has now been amplified after Greene has been booted from Twitter. When asked if Twitter is violating Greene’s free speech, Wayne Hills Senior Arnav Garg, believed that “this does not violate free speech since free speech only prevents the government from prohibiting free speech. I think that repeated dissemination of misinformation on platforms such as Twitter certainly warrants an account suspension.”

Although it may be seen as a political move on Twitter’s end, misinformation quite literally kills. Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, the founding director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at Boston University, shared that “social media is playing a big role in amplifying misinformation, which is leading to people not taking the vaccine, which is killing them,” Bhadelia told CNBC.

She cited a survey performed by the Kaiser Family Fund which showed that 54% of Americans “either believe in or cannot distinguish whether a common Covid vaccine myth is fact or fiction.”

Not only is this statistic alarming, but it is also dangerous. COVID-19 is a preventable disease, but individuals like Greene are making the dire situation a lot worse.