Twitter Temporarily Bans Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene After Anti-Trans Tweet
Twitter suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene‘s (R-Georgia) congressional account after the far-right representative violated the company’s “Hateful Conduct” policy. The ban will last seven days.
Greene, who still has access to her personal Twitter account, was restricted by the social media company after posting a screenshot for a rally for a “Trans Day of Vengeance.” The tweet follows a school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee killing three children and three adults. Police say the suspect, who was killed during the incident, was transgender.
Twitter’s head of safety, Ella Irwin, said the company had to perform a “sweep” after the screenshot was reshared thousands of times. She tweeted that the company could not support the spread of such rhetoric.
“We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. ‘Vengeance’ does not imply peaceful protest,” Irwin tweeted.
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Correct. We had to automatically sweep our platform and remove >5000 tweets /retweets of this poster. We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. "Vengeance" does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok
— Ella Irwin (@ellagirwin) March 28, 2023
The Twitter account that created the post, @OurRightsDC, was locked on Tuesday. Twitter deemed the post a violation of its safety policies, which state users are not allowed to incite “others to harass members of a protected category on or off platform.”
“Research has shown that some groups of people are disproportionately targeted with abuse online,” Twitter’s policy reads. “This includes: women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual individuals, and marginalized and historically underrepresented communities. For those who identify with multiple underrepresented groups, abuse may be more common, more severe in nature, and more harmful.”
Twitter temporarily banned Greene from the platform in 2021 following a series of conspiratorial tweets about COVID-19.
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