Twitter Permanently Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene's Account - 01/02/2022

  

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By:   Davey Alba (nytimes)

Twitter Permanently Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene's Account - 01/02/2022
The social media service said the Republican congresswoman had violated its policy on coronavirus misinformation.

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The social media service said the Republican congresswoman had violated its policy on coronavirus misinformation.

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By Davey Alba

Jan. 2, 2022

Twitter on Sunday permanently suspended the personal account of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican of Georgia, after the company said she had violated its Covid-19 misinformation policies.

Twitter suspended Ms. Greene's account after she tweeted on Saturday, falsely, about "extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths." She included a misleading chart that pulled information from a government database of unverified raw data called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, a decades-old system that relies on self-reported cases from patients and health care providers.

Twitter said that Ms. Greene had a fifth "strike," which meant that her account will not be restored. The company had issued her a fourth strike in August after she falsely posted that the vaccines were "failing." Ms. Greene was given a third strike less than a month before that when she had tweeted that Covid-19 was not dangerous and that vaccines should not be mandated.

Ms. Greene's official Congressional account, @RepMTG, remains active because tweets from that account did not violate the service's rules.

"We've been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy," Katie Rosborough, a Twitter spokeswoman, said in a statement. The company allows accounts to submit an appeal and will potentially reverse the suspension if the violating post is proven to be factual.

The Spread of Misinformation and Falsehoods


On the alternative social messaging platform Telegram, Ms. Greene said that Twitter "is an enemy to America and can't handle the truth."

Her suspension comes as coronavirus cases have surged again in the United States from the highly infectious Omicron variant. New York State recorded over 85,000 new coronavirus cases on the last day of 2021, the highest one-day total in the state since the pandemic began, officials announced on Saturday.

Twitter has long banned users from sharing misinformation that could lead to harm. In rare cases, the company has permanently banned high-profile accounts, including the account of former President Donald J. Trump, over a risk of "further incitement of violence" after a mob of Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol last Jan. 6.

There is currently no evidence of widespread major side effects from the coronavirus vaccines. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Johnson & Johnson's vaccine could trigger a rare blood clotting disorder now linked to dozens of cases and at least nine deaths in the United States in the past year. The agency recommended using other approved vaccines instead.

The VAERS database, which is managed by the Food and Drug Administration and the C.D.C., has been cited in many coronavirus falsehoods to push the idea that side effects from the Covid-19 vaccines have been underreported.

A spokeswoman for the F.D.A. declined to comment, but pointed to an overview of the VAERS database on the F.D.A.'s website that said VAERS reports "generally cannot be used to determine if a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event or illness."

In March, Twitter introduced a policy that explained the penalties for sharing lies about the virus and vaccines. People who violate that policy are subject to escalating punishments known as strikes and could face a permanent ban if they repeatedly share misinformation about the virus.

Ms. Greene won the primary election for Georgia's 14th Congressional District in August 2020, after rising to prominence by posting unabashed support for President Trump and for QAnon, a movement tied to the baseless conspiracy theory that a group of global liberal elites run a child sex ring that Mr. Trump would stop.

Ms. Greene repeatedly posted the QAnon slogan on Facebook and Twitter and had previously called "Q" — the anonymous online account that set off the QAnon conspiracy movement — a "patriot" who was "worth listening to." Last year, Ms. Greene heavily promoted the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Mr. Trump, tweeting in January that there was "MASS voter fraud on a scale that should terrify every American regardless of political party."

But it was Ms. Greene's false proclamations about the coronavirus, including opposing vaccines and masks as tools to curb the pandemic, that finally got her suspended from Twitter. In July, Ms. Greene argued that Covid-19 was not dangerous for people unless they were obese or over age 65, and said vaccines should not be required.

In August, Ms. Greene said on Twitter, "The F.D.A. should not approve the covid vaccines." She said that there were too many reports of infection and the spread of the coronavirus among vaccinated people, and that the vaccines were "failing" and "do not reduce the spread of the virus & neither do masks."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's current guidance states, "Covid-19 vaccines are effective against severe disease and death."

Imran Ahmed, the chief executive of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which published research on the dozen most prominent social media influencers spreading misinformation about vaccines, said it suited Ms. Greene to portray her suspension as part of a pattern of moves by Twitter to censor conservatives.

"In fact, it is for the banal reason that she's a superspreader of lies" that Ms. Greene was suspended, Mr. Ahmed said.

He also criticized Twitter for not doing more to be consistent in its suspensions of high-profile users who post misinformation. "While the suspension of Representative Greene's account for propagating deadly disinformation appears to be a valid enforcement of stated rules, it is the piecemeal enforcement that lends itself to being perceived as political," Mr. Ahmed said.


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JBB
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1  seeder  JBB    2 days ago

For those who are still spreading gross misinformation about why Twitter and Facebook banned Marjorie Trailer Greene.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JBB @1    2 days ago
Twitter and Facebook permanently banned Marjorie Trailer Greene

A year old story that is no longer viable. She isn't banned from Twitter NOR is she banned on Facebook. Try another tree. You presently are barking up the wrong one.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1    2 days ago

Well said!

 
 
 
JBB
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1.1.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1    2 days ago

No, this is to counter gross misinformation still being spread by rightwingers about why Greene was suspended in the first place.

 
 
 
George
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1.1.3  George  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1    2 days ago

Here is hoping we finally found the bottom of the barrel, but something tells me that is wishful thinking.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
1.1.4  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JBB @1.1.2    2 days ago

You said "permanently". THAT is gross misinformation.

 
 
 
JBB
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1.1.5  seeder  JBB  replied to  George @1.1.3    2 days ago

original

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.6  JohnRussell  replied to  JBB @1.1.5    2 days ago

He better stay away from George when he's coked up out of his mind. He might make a move. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.1.7  Snuffy  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.4    2 days ago

Well to be fair, the word 'permanently' is in the article title from the NY Times.  It's beyond ridiculous that someone would use an article that is over a year old and incorrect as well as the seed of a thread, but here we are.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.8  JohnRussell  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.7    2 days ago

I dont think the point of the article is difficult to grasp. At the time it was decided that Greene was a menace to the national dialogue with her lying, conspiracy mongering and general insanity. She still is, whether a social media company decided to show her leniency at some point or not. 

I honestly have no idea why people try to defend her. She is indefensible. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.1.9  Snuffy  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.8    2 days ago
Greene was a menace to the national dialogue with her lying, conspiracy mongering and general insanity

I'm not about to defend her.  IMO she should not have been elected to Congress but her constituents obviously held other ideas.  But if you're going to deride someone for lying, conspiracy mongering and general insanity you will have a very big list out of Washington.  There are so many that fit that bill starting with the current occupant of the Oval Office.  Now clearing all that out of Washington may not however be the worst of ideas....

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.1.10  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.8    2 days ago

No one here is defending her. Just pointing out the inaccuracy of the story.

She still has the right to free speech, even if she's a lunatic Everyone has the right to ignore her ramblings.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.11  JohnRussell  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1.10    2 days ago

This country, and overwhelmingly people on the political right, is awash in conspiracy theories. It is eating away at the social fabric of our nation. 

  1. The Sudden Rise of the ‘Died Suddenly’ COVID Conspiracy …

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    Web 23 hours ago ·   Died Suddenly  has been viewed nearly 20 million times and cheered on by far-right personalities such as  Marjorie Taylor Greene   and Candace Owens. It was released by the Stew Peters Network, whose ...

 
 
 
Split Personality
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1.1.12  Split Personality  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.1.4    2 days ago

That is the headline of a copyrighted story from the NYT.

It cannot be modified.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.1.13  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Split Personality @1.1.12    2 days ago

Who said anything about modifying the headline? JBB is pushing and using this as some sort of gotcha when he, and the times story, are behind the "Times".

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.14  JohnRussell  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.9    2 days ago

It is laughable that you would even think of comparing Joe Biden to Marjorie Taylor Greene. jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Snuffy
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1.1.15  Snuffy  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.14    2 days ago

It's even more laughable that you don't.  How many years of lying does Joe have compared to MTG?  How many other politicians from both parties have years of lying that greatly outreach MTG?  If you refuse to compare apples to apples then all one can understand is your partisanship is getting in the way.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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1.1.16  Trout Giggles  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.15    2 days ago
How many years of lying does Joe have compared to MTG? 

Joe's a lot older, too, so yeah he has more years than her

 
 
 
Sparty On
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1.1.17  Sparty On  replied to  Snuffy @1.1.15    2 days ago

That’s what cracks me up about many who are bagging on Santos for lying right now.

Biden has been lying for 50+ years and they still voted for him.

Hilarious

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  JBB @1    2 days ago

We see the denial crowd is out on this seed. Marjorie Taylor Greene does not belong in Congress, at all, let alone serving on a committee investigating a topic she was publicly spreading misinformation about. 

Every day , every fucking day, we have to deal with these lunatics. I feel sorry for our country and especially the young people who may never know anything better. 

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.2.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2    2 days ago
Marjorie Taylor Greene does not belong in Congress

Contrary to what some want to believe the fact that she was voted in shows she does belong in congress.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.2.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Right Down the Center @1.2.1    2 days ago

People voted Trump into the presidency too. Look where that got us. Adolph Hitler was voted into the top position in the German government. Did he "belong" there? 

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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1.2.3  Right Down the Center  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.2    2 days ago

The people that voted him in seemed to think so.  

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2  Jeremy Retired in NC    2 days ago

And here, ladies and gentlemen, we see the left holding up a polished turd full of misinformation and lies.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    2 days ago

Prove it. LOL. 

Time for you to back something up. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 days ago

No need. As pointed out at 1.1 above, the fact that she is permanently suspended is bullshit. Period.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.1    2 days ago

I dont know about you, but I can read a story from a year ago and realize it pertains to what was occurring at that time. 

"Permanent " banning from a social media site is a relative term. For example, a new owner may decide to remove the ban, for whatever reason. Its not that complicated. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.1.3  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.2    2 days ago

When did Facebook get a new owner?

 
 
 
Sparty On
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2.1.4  Sparty On  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.2    2 days ago

Lol .... you be the first to jump on an article like this if for example the lie somehow supported Trump.

Get off your high horse John and get real ....

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.5  JohnRussell  replied to  Sparty On @2.1.4    2 days ago

Its only a lie if an attempt was made to conceal the fact that the article is a year old. 

One might assume that people reading the article would realize it is not new, but you guys surprise me all the time. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
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2.1.6  Sparty On  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.5    2 days ago

Yeah well, the sanctimonious propaganda coming from you guys on the left no longer surprises me in the least.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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2.1.7  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.5    2 days ago

I thought it was new. And that makes me sad because it puts me in the dummy class

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1.8  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 days ago
I can read a story from a year ago and realize it pertains to what was occurring at that time.

It already has (see 1.1).  Just because YOU refuse to acknowledge it is not my problem.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
2.1.9  JohnRussell  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.7    2 days ago

I guess it could have been made more clear that the article was old, but this is hardly worth the time it takes to bitch about it. 

When I first saw the headline I too wondered if it was something new, but looking at the article it was pretty readily clear that it was not. 

No one can actually defend this unAmerican nut case Greene, so they pick away at things such as the headline in this article as a way to distract. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2.1.10  Sparty On  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.9    2 days ago

Meh, same can be said for congresspeople on the left fringe.

AOC comes to mind immediately.    Her foot hasn’t left her mouth since she was first elected.

 
 
 
JBB
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2.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    2 days ago

"Nunt Uh" is hardly a rebuttal...

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.2.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  JBB @2.2    2 days ago

Oh look.  Somebody else trying to carry the polished turd.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3  Greg Jones    2 days ago

The vaccines work...the masks, not so much. DeSantis took the right steps in Florida to get people's lives back to something resembling normalcy.

Also, the highly restrictive measures in China turned out to be a disaster for them

 

 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4  Trout Giggles    2 days ago

JBB I think you should take this seed down. I missed the date on when it was published and that's on me. But talking about something that happened a year ago and now she's back on Twitter is confusing and misleading.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Trout Giggles @4    2 days ago

I think I know why JBB seeded this. On another article the right wingers are denying that Greene ever was a covid denier. JBB is pointing out that she was kicked off twitter precisely for being a covid denier. 

Maybe he should have just posted this article on that seed instead of starting a new one. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    2 days ago

If that seed was by one of the NT conservatives, I won't read it, so I missed it. It would have been better if he had just commented on that seed and included this article with a link

 
 

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