Twitter bans the account of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican who promoted QAnon
© Reuters. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks a press conference in Dallas
From Kanishka Singh
(Reuters) – Twitter Inc. (NYSE 🙂 on Sunday banned the report of US Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a political newcomer known for promoting the unsubstantiated QAnon conspiracy theory.
The social media platform blocked her account after the newly elected Georgia congressman argued with a state election official over unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.
Greene’s account “has been temporarily suspended for multiple violations” of Twitter’s “Citizen Integrity Policy,” a company official said in a statement emailed.
Greene accused Twitter of suppressing conservative political voices. “The cross-border monopoly stranglehold some big tech companies have in America’s political discourse has gotten out of hand,” she said in a statement.
Greene promoted the online conspiracy theory QAnon in a 2017 video but later went back and said this was not part of their campaign. She won a seat in conservative rural northwest Georgia after her democratic opponent dropped out.
QAnon supporters have fueled social media conspiracies, including the unsubstantiated claim that US President Donald Trump is clandestinely fighting a cabal of child sex predators, including prominent Democrats, Hollywood figures and “deep state” allies.
Twitter banned tens of thousands of accounts mostly devoted to sharing QAnon content after the violence in Washington stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
The attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol delayed confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory by several hours that day as lawmakers were forced to flee to seek safety from the angry mob that had overwhelmed the security forces.
Five people died in the violence, including a Capitol policeman.
Following the attack, Twitter removed Trump’s account, which had 88 million followers, because of the risk of further violence.
Trump, who has questioned the validity of Biden’s victory without providing evidence, first praised his supporters but later condemned the violence.
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