Twitter Monday said it had temporarily suspended the account of Republican Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene for a tweet that violated its policy of spreading misinformation about COVID-19 on social media.
Greene posted that the coronavirus is not harmful to people who are not obese, or under 65, and that organizations should not enforce the use of what he calls vaccines or masks that are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ). The tweets have been branded misleading by Twitter.
The US uses vaccines made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson under FDA emergency use permits. None of these vaccines have received full approval but many studies have proven their efficacy.
US President Joe Biden has called on social media companies to do more about spreading vaccine misinformation.
“We are taking enforcement action against the @mtgreene account for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
Greene’s account will be locked for 12 hours, Twitter said.
In a video statement via Facebook Live, Greene acknowledged that his account had been temporarily frozen and he blamed the Biden administration for trying to control free speech.
“Remember, last week when the Press Secretary said the White House was trying to stop the spread of misinformation because they want to be careful and they want to control the information being shared about COVID-19 and vaccines, isn’t that worrying?” Green said.
The Republican member of the House of Representatives has been criticized previously for his statements about the pandemic. In June he apologized after comparing the mandatory wearing of masks and vaccinations for COVID-19 to the Holocaust which killed at least 6 million Jews.
In January, Twitter locked down Green’s account after he argued with a state election official over allegations of voter fraud. [uh/ab]