Twitter on Tuesday suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican from Georgia, for seven days after she posted that the Food and Drug Administration should not approve coronavirus vaccines and that the vaccines “failed.”
The company said this was Ms. Greene’s fourth “strike,” which means she could be permanently banned under the company’s rules if she again violates Twitter’s Coronavirus Misinformation Policy. The company announced Ms. Greene’s third strike less than a month ago.
On Monday evening, Ms. Greene said on Twitter, “The FDA shouldn’t approve the Covid vaccines.” She said there were too many reports of infection and spread of the coronavirus among vaccinated people, adding that the vaccines “fail” and “die.” Do not reduce the spread of the virus and do not use masks ”.
The current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say: “Covid-19 vaccines protect you effectively against disease.”
In late July, the agency also revised its indoor mask guidelines, advising people to wear a mask in indoor public spaces in parts of the country where the virus is on the rise, in order to maximize protection from the Delta variant and a possible one Prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A recent report by two Duke University researchers who checked data from March through June in 100 school districts and 14 charter schools in North Carolina concluded that wearing masks is an effective measure in preventing the virus from spreading, too without a physical distance of two meters.
Ms. Greene’s tweet was “flagged in accordance with our misleading Covid-19 information policy,” Trenton Kennedy, a Twitter spokesperson, said in a statement emailed. “The account will be in read-only mode for a week due to repeated violations of the Twitter rules.”
A representative from Ms. Greene did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Twitter has started enforcement against accounts posting misinformation about coronavirus as cases have increased in the United States due to the highly contagious Delta variant. In Ms. Greene’s home state, new cases have increased 171 percent in the past two weeks, while 39 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated against the virus.