Twitter has temporarily suspended the personal account of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgian Republican and supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, citing “multiple violations” of the company’s civic integrity policy.
The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson on Sunday, came days after the platform banned President Trump over concerns that his continued use of the platform could cause more episodes of violence like the attack on the Capitol this month. A press release issued by Ms Greene’s congressional campaign, including what appeared to be screenshots of her account, said the suspension would last 12 hours.
The latest tweet from her account included a video in which Ms Greene repeated unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, accusing Georgia’s elected leaders of failing to act until the Senate run-off which resulted in the loss of the Republicans’ majority .
Below the video, Twitter posted a warning that the election fraud allegation was disputed. The company also turned off replies, retweets and likes “due to the risk of violence,” an alert that also appears on other Ms Greene’s tweets.
Ms Greene’s election to Congress last year marked a major victory for QAnon, the once-marginal pro-Trump movement that the FBI warned posed a threat of domestic terrorism. In the statement, Ms Greene criticized the “borderline monopoly hold” of a few large tech companies on US political discourse and urged Congress to end what she called “censorship.”
After the rampage on Capitol Hill, Twitter updated its civic integrity policy “to aggressively step up our enforcement action” on the misleading and false presidential election claims, the platform said. Between Friday and Tuesday, Twitter said it suspended more than 70,000 accounts – although in many cases one person operated multiple accounts – sharing content associated with QAnon and primarily devoted to spreading conspiracy theory.
After the Capitol riot, other platforms also decided to interrupt Mr. Trump and others making false statements about the election. Facebook has blocked the president from its platforms at least until the end of his term.