This move does not affect Marjorie Taylor Greene’s official Congressional Twitter account, @RepMTG.
A Twitter spokesperson said the company suspended the @mtgreejee account “for repeated violations of our Covid-19 misinformation policy.”
Greene responded on another social media platform, one by design more friendly to rightist points of view than Twitter. She said on Telegram, “Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth.”
She also said, “Social media platforms can’t stop the truth from being spread far and wide. Big Tech can’t stop the truth. Communist Democrats can’t stop the truth.”
The Five Strike System
A year ago, in the waning days of the Presidency of Donald Trump, Twitter suspended Trump’s account. That was in reaction to the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot, which many accused then-President Trump of fomenting.
When Twitter suspended President Trump, it announced as a matter of policy that public officials do not get leeway on Twitter, because the company wants “the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly.”
But the company also said at the time that there are limits. For example, President Trump continued to tweet statements that Twitter thought “likely to inspire others to replicate the violate acts” of Jan. 6. Pressured to be explicit and transparent about its policies, Twitter two months later announced a “five strikes” rule.
This case illustrates the Twitter “strike system.” It had issued Greene a fourth strike warning in August, in reaction to a tweet in which she said that the vaccines are “failing” and they “do not reduce the spread of the virus and neither do masks.”
She was suspended for a week after that August offense, with the understanding that a fifth strike would be the last.
In a tweet Saturday, on the now-suspended account, Greene had claimed that there have been “extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths.” She included a chart that contained data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which is deemed unreliable by scientists in part because it depends on self-reporting. This, for Twitter, was the fifth strike.
Greene’s Outrageous Comments
Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was elected to Congress for her first term in 2020, has already developed a track record of saying things that generate outrage, on and off social media.
In January 2021, media outlets reported that two years before her Facebook account had shared conspiracy about the 2018 “Camp Fire,” a devastating wildfire in California. The Greene Facebook account said the fire could have been created by “space solar generators” in a scheme involving PG&E and the Rothschilds.
The conspirators allegedly thought the fire was the best way to clear a path for a high-speed rail project. Reference to the Rothschilds in such contexts are generally shorthand for “the Jews,” and the post became notorious as the “Jewish space lasers” theory.
Greene told House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R – Calif.) that she knew nothing about a space laser theory.
In another notorious incident, she compared Covid mask mandates to the stars that Jews were required to wear in Nazi Germany. “You know, we can look back at a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany.”
After a good deal of pressure was brought to bear, and after a trip to the Holocaust museum, Greene apologized. “There are words that I have said, remarks that I’ve made that I know are offensive, and for that, I’d like to apologize,” she said, adding, “I should own it. I made a mistake.”