Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia had her Twitter posting privileges suspended for twelve hours on Monday after publishing two tweets containing misinformation about COVID-19.
In the first, which was written and subsequently flagged on Sunday, Greene asserted that vaccines are more harmful to obese individuals than the coronavirus itself:
This is why no entity should force NON-FDA-approved vaccines or masks. Instead help people protect their health by defeating obesity, which will protect them from covid complications & death, and many other health problems. We should invest in health, not human experimentation.
In the second, which came on Monday, Greene said that COVID-19 poses no risk to “non-obese people and those under 65,” which is demonstrably false. She also dismissed the lives of more than 600,000 Americans that were extinguished by the coronavirus and railed against vaccine mandates:
The controversial COVID-19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65. With 6,000 vax-related deaths and many concerning side effects reported, the vax should be a choice not a mandate for everyone.
As can be expected, Greene claimed to be the victim of censorship.
“Twitter, Facebook and the rest of the Silicon Valley Cartel are working hand in hand with the White House to censor Americans,” Greene said in a statement to The Hill. “This is a Communist-style assault on free speech. I will not back down and I will continue [to] tell the truth to the American people.”
Twitter, meanwhile, reiterated its rules.
“You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm,” a company spokesperson said.
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