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.
Big Tech’s crackdown on COVID-19 dissidents is escalating the culture war, with unpredictable results.
A Twitter spokesperson said Sunday the company “permanently suspended” the account of Greene, R-Ga., “for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy.”
My colleague @RepMTG (official account) was suspended from twitter. A recent tweet showed potential risk from COVID vax. This is data she tweeted – from VAERS, supported by CDC/FDA. #BigHealthcare doesn’t want us to discuss this. I will continue to. #HealthcareFreedom pic.twitter.com/UQXQ0MwDzP
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) January 2, 2022
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.”
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.
So far, no reply.
How long does it take to verify that Twitter’s rules don’t prohibit journalism? https://t.co/aZCuF9jvoN
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 3, 2022
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.”
- 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.
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.
On Joe Rogan, Dr Robert Malone suggests we are living through a mass formation psychosis.
He explains how and why this could happen, and its effects.
He draws analogy to 1920s/30s Germany “they had a highly intelligent, highly educated population, and they went barking mad” pic.twitter.com/wZpfMsyEZZ
— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) January 1, 2022
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.