Marjorie Taylor Greene’s tweets restricted because of 'error,' Internet says 'Twitter is better off without her'
The Twitter account of House member Marjorie Taylor Greene, representing Georgia's 14th congressional district, was temporarily suspended on Friday, March 19. The Congresswoman who has espoused far-right conspiracies like QAnon was hit by a 12-hour suspension by Twitter at 1 am ET on Friday for allegedly violating the social media platform's rules.
As per the New York Post, Greene’s Twitter account said, during this suspension, “we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features” and noted that she could still browse Twitter but was barred from tweeting, retweeting, or liking posts.
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Was Greene's Twitter suspension justified?
A little while after her account was restricted, Twitter said, on March 19, that the social media company had mistakenly suspended Greene’s account and that the lockout had since been lifted.
"We use a combination of technology and human review to enforce the Twitter Rules across the service,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement. “In this case, our automated systems took enforcement action on the account referenced in error. This action has been reversed, and access to the account has been reinstated.”
Twitter had previously temporarily suspended Greene in January for spreading misinformation. Even at that time, the suspension was in effect for 12 hours. As per an NPR report from January, a Twitter spokesperson said that her account had “been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy."
The suspension had come in the wake of Twitter's policy update after the Capitol insurrection. Twitter, around that time, had also reportedly suspended more than 70,000 accounts sharing content about QAnon and other fringe far-right conspiracy theories like former President Donald Trump battling a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles and the existence of Jewish space lasers.
"We've been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm," Twitter had said in a statement then.
Greene’s temporary Twitter suspension coincided with Democrat Jimmy Gomez’s introduction of a resolution into Congress to remove Greene. "I take no joy in introducing this resolution, but any member who incites political violence and threatens our lives must be expelled," he said. Gomez on Friday morning, March 19, said on the House floor that “I believe some of my Republican colleagues, and one in particular, wish harm upon this legislative body.” He added, “I’m not saying this for shock value. It’s the conclusion I drew after a member of Congress advocated violence against our peers, the speaker, and our government.”
As per a report, a spokesperson for Gomez said that 72 House Democrats have co-sponsored his resolution, which states that “pursuant to article 1, section 5, clause 2 of the United States Constitution, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, be, and she hereby is, expelled from the House of Representatives.” The co-sponsors include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Eric Swalwell, Maxine Waters, and Joaquin Castro.
Even if mistakenly done and since corrected, Greene’s Twitter suspension was celebrated by many. “Marjorie Taylor Green is a giant racist Twatwaffle and Twitter is better off without her,” wrote one Twitter user. “Twitter, if you’re listening. Suspending Marjorie Taylor Green’s account is a light slap on the hand, she won’t learn her lesson. Don’t you think it’s time to ban her?”, asked another tweet. A third user exclaimed, "Marjorie Taylor green spreads lies ,hate and Racism she should be banned from Twitter for ever !!!"
Marjorie Taylor Green is a giant racist Twatwaffle and Twitter is better off without her.— Victoria Crosby (@VictoriaECrosby) March 19, 2021
Twitter, if you’re listening. Suspending Marjorie Taylor Green’s account is a light slap on the hand, she won’t learn her lesson. Don’t you think it’s time to ban her?— 🪴Dana🪴 (@danall29) March 19, 2021
Marjorie Taylor green spreads lies ,hate and Racism😤she should be banned from Twitter for ever !!!🌈🥰💙🇺🇸👄— #CHERRocks🌈🥰💙👄#SawyerFrdrxrocks. BOY GEORGE👄 (@William15199186) March 19, 2021