During the 2020 election cycle, Twitter slapped warning labels on any tweet that contained false information about the election results. And since the COVID vaccine has surfaced, Twitter has been taking action against some of the most notoriously dishonest anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists out there. But what happens when one of them is also in Congress?
That issue was forced on Monday when Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a tweet falsely claiming that there have been “6,000 vax related deaths” and that COVID is “not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65.” This is the kind of blatantly false information that tricks people into not getting vaccinated, and therefore tricks people into getting themselves killed.
Twitter has now cracked down on the tweet, adding a warning label that reads “This Tweet is misleading. Learn why health officials recommend a vaccine for most people.” It also includes a clickable link for factual COVID vaccine information.
In addition, multiple major news outlets are reporting that Twitter has banned Marjorie Taylor Greene from tweeting for twelve hours as a result of her rogue tweet. This suggests that if she continues tweeting false COVID information, she could end up being banned permanently.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report