Twitter Takes Away The Thing Marjorie Taylor Greene Wants Most: Engagement
Anyone paying attention to Donald Trump’s Twitter in the months leading up to the failed insurrection attempt and his ouster may get a sense of deja vu from Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) latest warning. The social media site has struggled to achieve a balance between allowing the public to see the words of their elected officials, and stopping the spread of disinformation — and they’re starting to make some of the same decisions to limit Greene’s reach with dangerously inaccurate health information.
Greene’s Monday evening tweet declares that the FDA should refuse to approve vaccines for COVID-19, falsely claiming that they don’t work and that they don’t prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The FDA should not approve the covid vaccines.
There are too many reports of infection & spread of #COVID19 among vaccinated people.
These vaccines are failing & do not reduce the spread of the virus & neither do masks.
Vaccine mandates & passports violate individual freedoms.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) August 10, 2021
However, this time Twitter was ready for her. When the site first started to take on the duty of controlling Donald Trump’s spread of disinformation, it added disclaimers to certain tweets — particularly ones glorifying violence. In some cases, the site even required a user to click through the disclaimer to see the tweet.
For Greene, Twitter also appended a disclaimer you can see in the screenshot below, warning that the tweet contains disinformation, but that wasn’t their harshest punishment for the attention-loving Georgia Rep. No, as also visible in this screenshot, the tweet cannot be retweeted, liked, or replied to.
That’s not all — attempting to click the ‘reply’ option gives the user more information about why Twitter has cut off engagement.
We try to prevent a Tweet like this that otherwise breaks the Twitter Rules from reaching more people, so we have disabled most of the ways to engage with it. If you want to talk about it, you can still Quote Tweet.
Greene, who counts herself among the (rather large) subset of Republicans who are always claiming they suffer ‘censorship’ and ‘cancel culture’ (perhaps better termed ‘consequences for bad behavior’ or ‘not being given a platform to spread disinformation’) is probably not going to be happy about this.