Twitter isn’t shying away from banning more high-profile US politicians. As The New York Timesreports, the social network has permanently banned Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account after a fifth “strike” for spreading COVID-1 9 misinformation. Her official account is still active as of this writing because it hasn’t run afoul of Twitter’s rules.
It’s not clear what immediately triggered the ban. Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough said only that the company had “been clear” it would publish permanent adjournments for “repeated violations” of its COVID-1 9 misinformation policy.
Greene had faced an escalating line of injunctions over her incorrect says. She falsely claimed in July that COVID-1 9 wasn’t risky unless you were over 65 or obese, and in August incorrectly maintained vaccines were “failing” against the brand-new coronavirus’ Delta variant. The poles respectively contributed significantly to 12 -hour and one-week suspensions.
In a statement, Greene said technology corporations and Democrat “can’t stop the truth” and alleged Twitter of hypocrisy in dealing with Democrat, calling Twitter an “enemy to America.” However, she signalled no intentions to challenge the ban and said only “we don’t need them.”
The crackdown comes exactly under a year after Twitter permanently boycotted former President Trump, and indicates the social media giant’s less forgiving sentiment toward politicians in the past year — it’s willing to ban officials for violations rather than apply warning labels and otherwise avoid direct act. And while forbid targets like Trump can start their own social networks or hop to anything-goes alternatives, there’s doubts about they’ll lose some online influence by getting knocked off mainstream platforms.
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