Twitter temporarily blocked his account on Sunday, the Republican US Congressman from Georgia who has voiced racist views and support for Conspiracy theories online. Greene’s account was frozen “without explanation,” she said in a statement, while condemning large tech companies for “silencing” conservative views.
The 46-year-old businesswoman and political newcomer was elected to represent Georgia’s 14th district in November. She has gained huge followers on social media in part by posting incendiary videos and comments, and she has also chosen QAnon, a far-right US conspiracy theory that centers on the debunked belief that President Donald Trump is launching a secret campaign against enemies in the ” deep state “leads. and a ring of child trafficking they say is related to Democrats.
Before noon on Sunday, Greene released a clip from an interview with a local news agency condemning Georgia election officials and expressing support for debunked theories that voting machines, postal voting, and other issues during the presidential election led to widespread fraud in the state.
Twitter responded to the tweet and others with a message describing the allegation of election fraud as “controversial” and “posing a risk of violence”.
A statement from Greene’s team on Sunday included screenshots from Twitter showing that the company informed the congresswoman that she had broken the rules and was not allowed to interact with content on the site for 12 hours.
Greene called on Congress in her statement to “act to protect freedom of expression”.
The move comes just over a week after Twitter banned Trump from the platform and cited “the risk of further incitement to violence” following the deadly US Capitol riot earlier this month.
As of January 12, Twitter had also banned more than 70,000 QAnon-related accounts when it attempted to contain malicious activity prior to the presidential inauguration. Twitter has announced that it will take action against online behavior “that could potentially lead to offline damage” after the crowd of Trump supporters forcibly stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
Greene has been criticized by those of her party. In a statement in the Atlantic, Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb. wrote, “She’s a cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs,” while criticizing House minority leader Kevin McCarthy for not rejecting her campaign.
Greene has also come under firelocked in a safe room with other members of the house during the attack on the US Capitol. The video, obtained from Punchbowl News, showed several Republican members – including Greene – refusing to wear masks despite being locked in a safe place for several hours.
Democratic Representatives Brad Schneider, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Pramila Jayapal all tested positive for COVID-19 following the incident. You attacked the Republicans about what happened.