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Twitter permanently suspends Congresswoman Taylor Greene’s personal account

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, on the House steps of the US Capitol on November 17, 2021. (AP photo)

Twitter has permanently suspended the personal account of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for violating the social network company’s COVID-19 misinformation policies.

The company said in a statement on Sunday that it took the action after "repeated violations" of the policy by the Republican lawmaker from Georgia.

The suspension came a day after Greene tweeted about “extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths.” She included a misleading chart in her post, using information from a government database of unverified raw data.

"We permanently suspended the account you referenced (@mtgreenee) for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy," Twitter said in its statement. "We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy."

The congresswoman appears to still have access to her professional account, @RepMTG, because her posts from that account did not violate the service’s rules.

In response to the suspension, Greene insisted in a statement published on Telegram that she was telling the truth, accusing Twitter of being the enemy of the public.

"Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth," Greene said. "That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies."

Twitter has previously suspended Greene several times for violating its COVID-19 misinformation policy. The company said the congresswoman now had a fifth “strike,” which meant her account will not be restored.

“We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy,” Katie Rosborough, a Twitter spokeswoman, said in a statement.

Last July, Greene had her account suspended for 12 hours after she falsely claimed in two Twitter posts that COVID-19 posed no danger for people under the age of 65 or for those who are not obese. In August, she received a week-long suspension after she claimed that COVID vaccines and masks were ineffective against the virus.

Coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket in the United States, driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Experts warn that the unprecedented surge could disrupt daily life for many Americans during the first month of 2022.

The US shattered records at least four times this week for its average of new daily COVID-19 infections, registering an all-time high of more than 386,000 new cases on Friday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

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