Twitter has banned the personal account of far-right US Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for multiple violations of the platform’s Covid-19 disinformation policy.
The move is the latest strike against Brandon whose adherence to conspiracy theories has been dubbed “cancer” for the Republican Party and has led the House to expel him from committees.
The Republican of Georgia’s account has been permanently suspended as part of the “strike” system launched in March by Twitter, which uses artificial intelligence to identify posts about the coronavirus that are deceptive enough to cause harm to people.
Two or three warnings generate a 12 hour account lockout. Four strikes result in a one-week suspension. Five or more warnings can lead to the permanent deletion of a person from Twitter.
In a statement on the Telegram messaging app, Ms Greene criticized Twitter’s decision as anti-American.
She wrote that her account was suspended after tweeting statistics from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a government database that includes raw, unverified data.
“Twitter is an enemy of America and cannot handle the truth,” Ms. Greene said. “That’s good, I’m going to show America that we don’t need them and that it’s time to defeat our enemies.”
Twitter had previously suspended his personal account for periods ranging from 12 hours to a full week.
The ban applies to Ms. Greene’s personal account, @mtgreenee, but does not affect her official Twitter account, @MTGRep.
The first-term MP has repeatedly sparked controversy over inflammatory comments.
On social media, she expressed support for racist views, unfounded pro-Donald Trump QAnon conspiracy theories such as the lie that the 2020 election was stolen and calls for violence against Democratic politicians, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Last February, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called his endorsement of conspiracy theories and “crazy lies” “cancer for the Republican Party.”
That same month, the Democratic-led House removed her from her two committee assignments, the House Education and Labor Committee as well as the House Budget Committee.
In July, Twitter suspended Ms Greene for a week after President Joe Biden urged tech companies to take stronger action against claims of fake vaccines that “kill people.”
Twitter has defended its efforts to keep dangerous disinformation about Covid-19 off its site, saying it has deleted thousands of tweets and challenged millions of accounts worldwide.