Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal Twitter account has been reinstated, a move that comes as the social media platform restores various accounts following Elon Musk’s acquisition of the company.
“I’m the only Member of Congress the unelected big tech oligarchs permanently banned. On January 2, 2022, they violated my freedom of speech and ability to campaign & fundraise crying ‘covid misinformation.’ My account is back. Go follow @mtgreenee for MTG unfiltered ;),” the Georgia Republican tweeted from her @RepMTG account, which had remained operational in the wake of the permanent suspension of the other account.
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Twitter permanently suspended Greene’s @mtgreenee account in January, claiming that the account had run afoul of the company’s policies pertaining to COVID-19 misinformation.
“We permanently suspended the account … (@mtgreenee) for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” a Twitter spokesperson noted, according to reports at the time. “We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations of the policy.”
Since taking the helm at Twitter, Musk has restored previously banished accounts, including the account of former President Donald Trump — Trump had been a prolific tweeter during his White House tenure but was kicked off of the platform during the tail end of his presidency.
Earlier this year, before acquiring Twitter, Musk had called Twitter’s move to oust Trump “morally wrong and flat-out stupid” and said that he would reverse the decision. Last week, Musk posted a Twitter poll asking whether he should reinstate Trump’s account, and the result was that a majority of votes in the poll supported restoring the account.
Greene had responded to Musk’s post from her @RepMTG account, tweeting, “President Trump should have never been banned in the first place. Interesting it took a poll to decide to reinstate him. My personal account is still permanently banned for ‘covid misinformation.’ What does it take to reinstate my account? Freedom of speech matters.”
— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)