Marjorie Taylor Greene temporarily locked out of Twitter as Democrats move to expel her from Congress

Not first time controversial Georgia congresswoman has been suspended from social media platform

Oliver O'Connell
New York
Friday 19 March 2021 18:09
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Related: Ms Greene recently spoke out against the reauthorisation of the Violence Against Women Act

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In a message on social media site Telegram on Friday morning, Marjorie Taylor Greene said that she had been temporarily barred from posting on Twitter from her personal account.

A screenshot of an alert says that Twitter has temporarily limited some of her account features for violating the site’s rules, meaning that the Georgia representative was unable to tweet, retweet, or like posts.

A spokesperson for Ms Greene confirmed to The Gateway Pundit on Friday that the lawmaker was locked out. The ban did not include Ms Greene’s separate congressional Twitter account.

It was unclear which specific tweets led to the suspension, but later on Friday a spokesperson for Twitter told The Hill that the action had been taken in error.

“We use a combination of technology and human review to enforce the Twitter Rules across the service,” the spokesperson said. “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.”

Ms Greene’s office linked the timing of the suspension to Representative Jimmy Gomez’s resolution to expel Ms Greene from Congress, which he introduced to the house on Friday morning.

“This move eliminated any possibility for Congresswoman Greene to defend her reputation, her seat, and most importantly the votes of 230,000 Georgians in the 14th District on the Twitter platform,” a statement from Ms Greene said. 

Introducing the resolution, Mr Gomez said: “I take no joy in introducing this resolution, but any member who cites political violence and threatens our lives must be expelled.”

He added: “I’m not saying this for shock value.”

The resolution would require a two-thirds majority of support from lawmakers in the House to remove Ms Greene from office.

It does not appear to have that level of backing. A spokesperson for Mr Gomes said: “Despite numerous efforts to reach out to House Republicans – and quite a few conversations – none of them were willing to publicly support the resolution at this time.”

This is not the first time Ms Green has been suspended from the social media platform. In January she was suspended for 12 hours for a tweet telling Trump supporters to “mobilize”.

A Twitter spokesperson at the time told NPR that Ms Greene had been temporarily locked out for “multiple violations of our civic integrity policy”.

Ms Greene has been pictured wearing face masks bearing the words “Free Speech” and “Censored” yet maintains a second Twitter account, and has a presence on Facebook, Gab, Telegram, and Parler.

As an elected member of Congress she is also free to speak on the floor of the House and recently appeared on Steve Bannon’s podcast.

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