Twitter permanently suspends far-right US congresswoman's account

A US congresswoman was permanently banned from Twitter over repeated violations of spreading misinformation about Covid-19. — AP Photo/File

Twitter has "permanently suspended" the personal account of Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene for violating the social media company's Covid-19 misinformation policy.

The far-right Georgia politician has pushed baseless conspiracy theories that questioned the safety of coronavirus vaccines and the efficacy of wearing face masks to mitigate the risk of infections.

Greene, one of former president Donald Trump's most vocal allies in Congress, recently made headlines for comparing coronavirus restrictions on public life to the persecution of Jews by the Nazis.

She refuses to wear a mask in the House of Representatives and has had to pay several fines as a result.

Greene had received several warnings from Twitter for spreading misinformation and the company had already suspended her personal account four times.

According to the company on Sunday, the fifth suspension is permanent.

In a statement quoted by US media outlets, Greene blasted Twitter as "an enemy to America" and said it could not "handle the truth."

"Social media platforms can't stop the truth from being spread far and wide. Big Tech can't stop the truth. Communist Democrats can't stop the truth," a portion of the statement said.

Greene's personal account (@mtgreenee) had just under half a million followers at last count. She continues to have access to her official Twitter account (@RepMTG) with nearly 400,000 followers.

The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives had removed Greene from all committee posts in February owing to several incendiary statements, including indicating support for political violence. The rare move significantly reduced Greene's legislative influence in the chamber.

Her Twitter ban comes almost a year after Trump was blocked from the platform in the wake of the deadly Jan 6 attack on the Capitol building. – dpa

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