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Marjorie Taylor Greene Might Not Be the Most Important Conservative Who Got Banned From Twitter This Week

Twitter’s permanent ban of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account for sharing COVID-19 “misinformation” followed a lower-profile suspension that could have more serious implications.

SO WHAT

Big Tech’s crackdown on COVID-19 dissidents is escalating the culture war, with unpredictable results.

WHAT HAPPENED

A Twitter spokesperson said Sunday the company “permanently suspended” the account of Greene, R-Ga., “for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.”

Greene, a populist firebrand, had tweeted Saturday about “extremely high amounts of covid vaccine deaths” and included a potentially misleading chart of data from the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS.

  • Twitter had previously temporarily restricted Greene’s account for what it said were dangerously false tweets about COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential election.
  • On the messaging app Telegram, Greene said Sunday that Twitter “is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth.”
  • Her official Twitter account was unaffected by the ban.

Twitter’s crackdown on Greene made international headlines and stirred controversy.

  • Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, on Twitter Sunday led right-wing complaints of corporate censorship.
  • But Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the head of the House Progressive Caucus, said on MSNBC Monday that Greene’s ban was “a little too little and a little too late.”

WHAT ELSE

To much less fanfare, Twitter on Friday suspended Grabien Media’s account for quoting Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., in alleging that Big Pharma’s economic interests are behind the U.S. vaccine push.

Tom Elliott, the founder of the influential right-leaning news company, tweeted from his personal account that Twitter was interfering with the practice of basic journalism.

  • According to Elliott, Twitter had not responded to his appeal of Grabien’s suspension as of Monday.

“Grabien did nothing wrong here,” The Hill columnist Joe Concha noted in a tweet Sunday. “[Twitter is] a faceless Politburo with zero accountability.”

Also, on Wednesday, Twitter suspended the account of Dr. Robert Malone a pioneer of mRNA vaccine technology turned prominent skeptic of the COVID-19 vaccines based on his research.

  • Malone, who said his suspension was permanent, appeared Thursday on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast and asked: “If it’s not okay for me to be a part of the conversation even though I’m pointing out scientific facts that may be inconvenient, then who is?”
  • Malone said he did not know exactly why Twitter suspended him and was considering a lawsuit against the company.
  • Twitter has not commented on Malone’s suspension.

MEANWHILE

With the mainstream narrative on COVID-19 shifting, a clip of Malone telling Rogan the pandemic has caused “mass formation psychosis” has racked up nearly 5 million views on Twitter.

Rogan joined Malone Sunday on GETTR, a new free-speech alternative to Twitter.

  • “Just in case sh*t over at Twitter gets even dumber, I’m here now as well. Rejoice!” Rogan said in a GETTR post.

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