Twitter permanently suspends US politician’s personal account over COVID-19 misinformation

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Twitter has permanently suspended the personal account of US politician Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of its COVID-19 misinformation policy.

Ms Greene has been kicked off of Twitter after being issued a “fourth strike” in August when she was suspended for a week for saying that vaccines were failing.

She claimed in July that COVID-19 was “not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65” – despite US government figures saying people under 65 accounted for nearly 250,000 of roughly 825,000 deaths.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks as President Donald Trump listens at a campaign rally in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Ms Greene joins Mr Trump in being suspended from the platform

Ms Greene has been an ardent supporter of former president Donald Trump, whose personal account has also been permanently suspended from Twitter despite his pleas.

Her official Twitter account as a member of the House of Representatives remains on the platform.

Following the permanent suspension Ms Taylor Greene said: “Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth.”

She also accused the social media platform of attempting to “complete a Communist revolution” by preventing people telling “the truth”.

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The Republican, who sits in the House of Representatives for Georgia, was thrown off of two committees last February after being accused of spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories.

At the time, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell labelled Ms Greene’s embrace of conspiracy theories as “loony lies” and a “cancer” for their party.

She has courted controversy by questioning whether a plane really struck the Pentagon during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, unapologetically alleging that school shootings were staged, and claiming a space laser was to blame for a California fire.

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