Third time’s the charm for Twitter and fringe right-wing congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, after Greene received a 12-hour suspension on the platform that was actually, truly on purpose and not some weird accident.
Greene was suspended over two recent tweets that contained falsehoods about COVID-19; specifically, she claimed the disease is not dangerous to people under age 65 who aren’t overweight in an effort to argue against mandatory vaccination.
“We took enforcement action on the account @mtgreenee for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the Covid-19 misleading information policy,” Twitter said on Monday. Greene could be permanently suspended if she continues to spread misinformation.
While it is true that the majority of COVID deaths in the U.S. have been elderly people, nearly 150,000 of the more than 600,000 American deaths by the disease are people younger than 65. And just over one-third of people hospitalized for COVID were younger than 65. The new rise in cases fueled by the delta variant is predominantly among people younger than 50, while cases have dropped significantly among people older than 65.
Greene’s account was previously suspended in March and again in April “in error,” Twitter said. The company blamed its algorithm for the suspensions and said they weren’t the result of human actions. Greene’s account was, however, legitimately suspended in January after she spread lies about the 2020 election results.