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Twitter Permanently Suspends House Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene Over Covid Lies

The conspiracy theorist from Georgia had long been using the platform to push pandemic misinformation says Rolling Stone.
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Permanently Suspended

Personal Account Permanently Suspended 

MTG is US House of Representatives member from Georgia, a QAnon supporter, and an outspoken antivaxx proponent. 

The QAnon Movement was originally based on a pro-Trump conspiracy theory that a group of global liberal elites run a child sex ring that Mr. Trump would stop.

She was suspended in August after Tweeting the Food and Drug Administration shouldn’t approve the Covid vaccines because they were “failing” to mitigate the spread of the disease.

Absurd Cancer Analogy

In December, Greene made this absurd analogy:

"Every single year more than 600,000 people in the US die from cancer. The country has never once shut down. Not a single school has closed. And every year, over 600,000 people, of all ages and all races will continue to die from cancer," Greene Tweeted.

She was widely mocked and rightfully so because cancer is not contagious. Her ridiculous comments on cancer were not part of the suspension process. 

5-Step Twitter Escalation

  • Strike 1: Warning - No Account Level Action
  • Strike 2: 12-Hour Account Lock
  • Strike 3: 12-Hour Account Lock
  • Strike 4: 7-Day Account Lock
  • Strike 5: Permanent Suspension

Rolling Stone reports Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Personal Account Permanently Suspended From Twitter for Pushing Covid Lies

Greene on Saturday afternoon [News Years Day] tweeted that prior to the Covid outbreak deaths from vaccines were taken seriously, but now an “extremely high amount of covid vaccine deaths are ignored and government forced vaccine mandates are increased.”

Greene lashed out at Twitter following the suspension. “Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth,” she wrote as part of a lengthy statement posted on Telegram and to her Gettr account. “That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies. They can’t successfully complete a Communist revolution when people tell the truth. Social media platforms can’t stop the truth from being spread far and wide. Big Tech can’t stop the truth. Communist Democrats can’t stop the truth.”

Rolling Stone says, and I wholeheartedly agree, "There is no evidence that Covid-19 vaccines are causing a rash of deaths that are being ignored."

Not a Freedom of Speech Issue

Like it or not, this isn't a Freedom of speech issue. Belief otherwise is belief that governments can force private companies to post opinions they disagree with!

Bowen is 100% correct. Freedom  of speech allows people to speak out against government suppression. 

It certainly does not force, nor should it force private businesses to post every point of view. Imagine if Fox News was forced to give equal time to Biden.

There are differences between social media and news organizations, but for good reason. Regardless, the issue has nothing at all to do with constitutional rights of free speech.

OK What Did She Do?

Permanent Suspension

Twitter suspended the account after she Tweeted, falsely, about "extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths". The Tweet posted a misleading chart that posted unverified raw data from a government database on Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, VAERS, 

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That's Right Libs!

No! You Cant Do

Both sides want it both ways (but only when it their view being represented).

Why Did MTG Make That Tweet?

  • She either wanted to to be banned or did not care if she was banned. 
  • It's highly likely she views herself as a freedom of speech martyr. 

Should She Be Banned? 

We are finally, at long last getting to the real issue and the first one that's actually reasonably debatable.    

"It's really amazing that the political faction obsessed with deploying a union of state and corporate power to silence their political opponents has somehow convinced itself that they're the ones fighting -- rather than constructing -- a fascist order."

Curiously, Greenwald's comments can be construed either way. 

Slippery Slope?

The Left would like to rein in Fox News and would if they could.

The Right says corporations must have the right to set their own rules, cheering the Supreme Court ruling that a baker did not have to bake a cake for a Gay couple.

Now the Right says corporations cannot set their own rules even though the escalation process and warning system is certainly reasonable.

The slippery slope is demanding governments tell private corporations what they can and cannot do under alleged freedom of speech rules even though the case in question constitutionally has nothing to do with freedom of speech.

Good or Bad Policy? 

Twitter's policy is inherently neither good nor bad. The Left sees it one way and the Right the other. Regardless, it's their call whether we like it or not. 

I support their right to conduct their business as they see fit. And I would say exactly the same thing if it was the Left that was howling.     

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