This past Monday, Twitter issued a suspension for the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for more than 12 hours due to what the social media platform ended up calling “misleading” information.
“We took enforcement action on the account you referenced (@mtgreenee) for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” Twitter put forth in an emailed statement sent to Axios.
In the now banned post, Greene had spoken about the U.S. military and vaccines. “The controversial #COVID19 vaccines should not be forced on our military for a virus that is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65,” Greened seemed to claim. “With 6,000 vax-related deaths and many concerning side effects reported, the vax should be a choice not a mandate for everyone.”
The claim that Greene issued seems to be based on the reported number of death given to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, which is a group that collects data on potential adverse reactions to vaccines in general. Due to this, the deaths that were submitted to VAERS are just all of the people who have died after taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and not people who have had their deaths linked to the vaccine as a cause. As reported by the CDC, the system “generally cannot assess if vaccine caused an adverse event.”
Twitter has since attached a marker to the post that Greene posted that stated: “This Tweet is misleading. Learn why health officials recommend a vaccine for most people.”
Twitter also went and stuck the same tag to another one of Greene’s tweets, in which she stated: “This is why no entity should force NON-FDA approved vaccines or masks. Instead help people protect their health by defeating obesity, which will protect them from covid [sic] complications & death, and many other health problems. We should invest in health, not human experimentation.”
Greene has pretty much always been an outspoken critic of vaccines, going so far as to at one point compare them to Nazi Germany. Back in May, she put out a tweet highlighting an article about a Tennesee grocery store that had forcefully mandated a “vaccination logo” to employee name badges.
“Vaccinated employees get a vaccination logo just like the Nazi’s [sic] forced Jewish people to wear a gold star,” Greene wrote, making reference to the yellow stars that were forced upon the Jews in Nazi-occupied European countries. “Vaccine passports & mask mandates create discrimination against unvaxxed people who trust their immune systems to a virus that is 99% survivable.”