Republican MK Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended Monday due to tweets violating the social media company’s Covid-19 disinformation policy.
Greene said the coronavirus was not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65, and that organizations should not impose “non-FDA” approved vaccines or masks on people. These tweets have been described as “misleading”.
The United States uses vaccines manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson under Emergency Use Clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. None of these vaccines are fully approved, but many studies have proven their effectiveness.
Joe Biden called on social media companies to take action against vaccine misinformation.
“We have taken enforcement action on the @mtgreenee account for violating Twitter rules, in particular the Covid-19 misleading information policy,” a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
Greene’s account will remain locked for 12 hours, according to Twitter.
In a video statement on Facebook Live, Greene admitted that she had been temporarily suspended from the platform and blamed the Biden administration for trying to control free speech.
“Remember last week when our press secretary said the White House was working to stop the spread of [misinformation] because they want to be careful and they want to control the information that is shared on Covid-19 and vaccines, isn’t that worrying? Greene said.
The Republican representative has already been criticized for comments about the pandemic. In June, she apologized after comparing the requirements of the Covid-19 mask and vaccinations to the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews.
In January, Twitter locked Greene’s account after she fought with a state election official over allegations of voter fraud.