Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter account suspended for 12 hours over COVID misinformation

Twitter announced Monday that it’s suspending the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for 12 hours.

Driving the news: “We took enforcement action on the account you referenced (@mtgreenee) for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” Twitter said in an emailed statement.

The tweets are still displayed on her account, but with a “misleading” tag.They concern incorrect information on coronavirus vaccinations and wearing face masks during the pandemic.

Of note: The conservative Greene has been an outspoken critic of pandemic measures and apologized last month following outrage after she compared mask mandates in the House to the Holocaust.

She was removed from her committee assignments in February over her past endorsement of baseless conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric against Democrats. Greene’s suspension comes days after President Biden said social media platforms were “killing people” by allowing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on their sites. He clarified earlier Monday that he meant those who post vaccine misinformation were to blame.

Context: Twitter announced in March it was escalating enforcement action on pandemic misinformation over repeated violations of its policy, including a 12-hour suspension.

This new policy saw Twitter suspend Greene’s account without explanation for 12 hours that month. The company later said this was due to an automated technology error.

The big picture: Some conservative lawmakers, along with media figures, have complained that Big Tech companies intentionally censor their viewpoints and used this argument in their push for regulation.

However, a study in February found these claims to be “a form of disinformation.”Greene could not immediately be reached for comment on the Twitter suspension, which was first reported by the New York Times.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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