Twitter Permanently Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Account Due To COVID Misinformation

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Answers questions outside the House Steps on November 17, 2021, in Washington, DC.
Enlarge / Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Answers questions outside the House Steps on November 17, 2021, in Washington, DC.

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Twitter permanently suspended the personal account of Representative Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Yesterday, although her professional account remains active.

Greene has been a declared opponent of COVID-19 vaccines, regularly posting disinformation about the disease, vaccines, and other health-related information. Her fifth Twitter strike (yes, her fifth) came after she released false vaccine safety claims based on raw, unverified data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, also known as VAERS.

“We have made it clear that, in accordance with our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy,” Katie Rosborough, spokesperson for Twitter, noted in a report.

Greene posted about her suspension on Facebook, where she has about as many followers as her Twitter account. “The Silicon Valley cartel finally pulled the trigger,” she wrote. “Twitter has permanently suspended my account. Big Tech is the enemy of free speech. We won’t forget! [sic]She then suggested that people follow her on Telegram, an encrypted messaging platform with around 600 million users.

VAERS is a government-run database that accepts reports from healthcare providers and the public on any health problem that arises as a result of a vaccination. If a person with congestive heart failure dies after receiving a vaccine, there is a good chance that the death will appear in the database. Does this mean that the vaccine killed the person? Of course not, correlation does not equal causation. The VAERS says the same in a disclaimer regarding its data:

While very important for monitoring vaccine safety, VAERS reports alone cannot be used to determine whether a vaccine caused or contributed to an adverse event or disease. Reports may contain incomplete, inaccurate, incidental or unverifiable information. Much of the reporting to VAERS is voluntary, which means it is subject to bias.

Vaccine organizations have even created their own filtered views of VAERS data to paint false and misleading pictures about vaccine safety.

In fact, COVID vaccines, and mRNA versions in particular, are safe and effective. If there were any significant issues that could affect a large portion of the population, it is highly likely that we know it by now – adverse events related to COVID vaccines have historically occurred within eight weeks of a person receiving the shot. COVID vaccines have been given to hundreds of millions of people for over a year now.

Since anyone can submit a report to VAERS, there is a risk of abuse. But according to the CDC, which manages the database, fraud appears to be rare. “We have no evidence that there is widespread fraud or system play,” Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s Office of Immunization Safety, Recount Science. False reports are suppressed, and anyone who submits a false report can be prosecuted.

Greene’s fourth strike in August resulted in a temporary suspension of Twitter after falsely claiming that neither vaccines nor masks can reduce the transmission of COVID. Masks and vaccines are of course effective in reducing the spread of the virus.

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