Marjorie Taylor Greene is BACK on Twitter: Republican firebrand celebrates Elon Musk reactivating her personal account after she was banned for spreading COVID misinformation
- Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal Twitter account was reinstated on Monday
- She was banned in January after spreading misinformation about vaccines
- ‘They violated my freedom of speech,’ she said from her congressional account
- She is the latest hardliner to benefit from Elon Musk’s soft touch on regulation
- He reinstated Donald Trump at the weekend, 20 months after he was banned
She is the latest hardliner to benefit from Elon Musk’s amnesty for users who abused the platform’s terms and conditions.
Greene celebrated the move with a string of messages portraying herself as a defender of liberty.
‘I’m the only Member of Congress the unelected big tech oligarchs permanently banned,’ she wrote on her congressional account which remained active.
‘On January 2, 2022, they violated my freedom of speech and ability to campaign & fundraise crying “covid misinformation.” My account is back.’
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene celebrated the reinstatement of her personal Twitter account on Monday, 10 months after she was ‘permanently suspended’ for COVID misinformation
Greene tweeted her celebration from her congressional Twitter account
Elon Musk describes himself as a free speech absolutist and has delighted in restoring the accounts of users including former President Donald Trump who was banned last year
The account was permanently suspended in January for repeated violations of the platform’s COVID misinformation policy.
It was reported at the time that she was banned because of a misleading graph that supposedly showed thousands of deaths related to COVID-19 immunisations and claims that vaccine problems were being ignored.
Former President Donald Trump saw his account reactivated at the weekend after after Musk posted a ‘poll’ on Twitter asking users to decide his fate.
Trump was banned after the Jan. 6, 2021 attack when the platform decided that his posts could incite further violence.
Kanye West, now known as Ye, was also reinstated after being suspected for posting antisemitic comments.
The moves have triggered criticism that Musk – who has described himself as a free speech absolutist – has abandoned safeguards designed to prevent the spread of misinformation and abuse.
Rapper Kanye West, now known as Ye, was restricted from Twitter on October 9 and barred from Meta’s Instagram last month, for posts that users condemned as anti-Semitic
However, he had drawn out one red line: He said that he would never allow conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back on to the platform.
But for Greene, the return of her personal account was a win for freedom.
‘Today and everyday is 1776. Never give up our freedoms,’ she said on her congressional account.
‘Never let the left steal them away.
‘Be a watchman on the wall and stay on guard every single second of every single day because the left will stop at nothing until they destroy our faith, our families, and our freedoms.’
But regulators around the world have already expressed concerns at Musk’s new direction.
Musk has however laid down a red line for allowing people back on Twitter. He said he would never allow conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back on to his platform
Musk responded to a comment from a Twitter user suggesting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should be allowed back on the platform with ‘No’
French regulator Arcom said on Monday it had sent a letter to Twitter asking it to ensure by Nov. 24 that it can meet its legal obligation to guarantee transparent information despite a series of drastic job cuts.
Arcom, the regulatory authority for audiovisual and digital communication, said that following Twitter’s takeover by Musk, Twitter had announced its decision to drastically reduce its workforce by firing half of its employees and terminating the contracts of several thousand contract workers.
‘Arcom would like to express its deep concern about the direct consequences of such decisions on Twitter’s ability to maintain a safe environment for its users,’ Arcom president Roch-Olivier Maistre said in a letter to Twitter, published by Arcom.