When prominent conservatives and right-wing politicians manage to violate enough rules to get kicked off mainstream social media sites, like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, it seems others in their camp make a mad dash for the alternative right-wing sites where rules aren’t quite so stringent. Matt Gaetz is demonstrating this again after his partner in Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene, was hit with a permanent ban from Twitter.
Greene is throwing tantrums across her other media accounts, declaring that she was removed unfairly, as the subject of a political attack rather than for the documented repeated violations of Twitter’s policy on COVID-19 disinformation. Now Matt Gaetz seems to be showing his solidarity — or else, his concern that he could face a similar fate.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 4, 2022
He tweeted Tuesday to share that he has set up an account at GETTR — one of several right-wing sites that has popped up in response to what some call ‘censorship’ on major social media sites, and others call accountability.
However, he doesn’t seem to be too anxious to leap into the GETTR experience — as of this writing, he hasn’t actually posted anything there.
Posting on his Twitter account, Gaetz is reiterating the narrative that Greene wasn’t removed for false and dangerous disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, but for standing aginst the political party and leadership currently in power.
If misinformation gets you banned from social media platforms, then CNN and Rachel Maddow wouldn’t be able to post anything after the Russia Hoax.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was banned for challenging the regime.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 4, 2022
While there’s no sign Gaetz’ Twitter account is in jeopardy at the moment, he’s been in trouble in a more official capacity before for how he’s used it, according to Roll Call, which reported in 2020 on the House Ethics Committee doling out an official scolding to the lawmaker for a tweet that appeared the threaten then-President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen.
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