Twitter permanently bans Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated COVID-19 misinformation

Marjorie Taylor Greene permanently banned from Twitter for repeatedly lying about COVID-19.
Marjorie Taylor Greene. Photo credit: Reuters

Twitter says it has permanently banned the personal account of Republican US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for tweets that repeatedly violated the social media's misinformation policy on COVID-19.

The congresswoman from Georgia is the first member of Congress to ever have a Twitter account permanently banned.

Greene is infamous for her historical support of baseless conspiracy theory QAnon and  indicating her support for the summary execution of her political rivals.

Twitter has previously issued a short-term suspension for Greene's account for misleading tweets about COVID that it called along with false claims about the 2020 election similar to those made by Donald Trump.

At least two other Republican members of the House have received temporary suspensions on Twitter: Jim Banks and Barry Moore.

Greene responded to the Twitter ban with a statement on messaging app Telegram saying: "Twitter is an enemy to America and can't handle the truth... [social media platforms] can't stop the truth from being spread far and wide. Big Tech can't stop the truth."

The official account of the congresswoman, @ReptMTG, remains active on Twitter and has 390,000 followers, slightly less than the 465,000 on her banned personal account.

Greene has come under fire before for remarks on the pandemic. Last June she apologised after comparing COVID-19 mask requirements and vaccinations to the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews.

Last January, Twitter temporarily locked Greene's account after she sparred with a state election official over her false voter fraud allegations.

Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after his supporters staged a deadly insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Reuters / Newshub.