Twitter Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene for Posting Coronavirus Misinformation
The Republican lawmaker from Georgia cannot tweet for 12 hours, after the White House criticized social media sites for amplifying vaccine lies.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, has been an outspoken opponent of vaccines and masks as tools to curb the pandemic.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, has been an outspoken opponent of vaccines and masks as tools to curb the pandemic.Credit...Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times
By Kate Conger
Published July 19, 2021
Updated July 20, 2021, 2:43 a.m. ET
SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter said on Monday that it was suspending Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from its service for 12 hours after she posted messages that violated its policy against sharing misleading information about the coronavirus.
Ms. Greene, Republican of Georgia, has been an outspoken opponent of vaccines and masks as tools to curb the pandemic. In tweets on Sunday and Monday, she argued that Covid-19 was not dangerous for people unless they were obese or over age 65, and said vaccines should not be required.
But cases of the coronavirus are on the rise, and the highly contagious Delta variant accounts for more than half of new infections in the United States, federal health officials said this month. In Ms. Greene’s home state, Georgia, new cases have increased 193 percent in the past two weeks.
On Monday, the president softened his criticism, saying that particular users were responsible for the spread of misinformation rather than Facebook. The company should do more to combat “the outrageous misinformation” spreading on its platform rather than taking his remarks as a personal insult, Mr. Biden added.
Republican lies are murderous slander, not free speech...