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Trump calls Twitter a ‘disgrace to Democracy

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Donald Trump tore into Twitter and Facebook in a late Monday statement after the social media giants banned accounts linked to firebrand GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

On Sunday Twitter announced it had permanently suspended Greene’s personal account for spreading COVID-19 misinformation, though she still retains access to her official Congressional handle.

The next day, Greene said Facebook suspended her account for a 24-hour period.

Trump, whose own accounts on the platforms were banned following the Capitol riot on January 6 of last year, urged his supporters to cease using both and called for a ban on their United States-based operations.

‘Twitter is a disgrace to democracy. They shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this Country,’ the ex-president said through his Save America PAC.

‘Marjorie Taylor Greene has a huge constituency of honest, patriotic, hard-working people. They don’t deserve what’s happened to them on places like low-life Twitter and Facebook. 

‘Everybody should drop off of Twitter and Facebook. They’re boring, have only a Radical Left point of view, and are hated by everyone. They are a disgrace to our Nation. Keep fighting, Marjorie!’

Last February Twitter said Trump’s access to his account there, his favored way of reaching supporters which also became a daily source of news headlines, would not be restored even if he took back the White House.

Facebook reached a decision in June to limit Trump’s suspension there to two years.

Trump’s call for his supporters to drop the platforms comes months after he announced the creation of his own social media venture, TRUTH Social, which the ex-president said is scheduled to launch in early 2022. 

Greene meanwhile has joined Gettr, a relatively new social media platform created by former Trump adviser Jason Miller. The fallout from her Twitter ban resulted in more than 230,000 people joining the free speech site in a single day, Gettr said in a release.

Twitter said Greene had run afoul of their five-strike rule for spreading COVID misinformation. She was last suspended in August for saying that vaccines were ‘failing’ to reduce the spread of COVID and that the FDA shouldn’t have approved them. 

She got her third strike in July after tweeting that COVID wasn’t dangerous. She was also suspended in January, days after the Capitol riot, for tweets echoing conspiracy theories about voter fraud in her home state of Georgia.

Two or three strikes earn a 12-hour account lock; four strikes prompt a weeklong suspension, and five or more strikes can get someone permanently removed from Twitter.  

On Sunday, the Georgia Republican’s spokesman shared her response to Twitter, which she posted on messaging app Telegram.

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‘Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth. That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies,’ Greene said.

In a statement released by her office, Greene said she was suspended for sharing a tweet citing numbers from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a self-reporting tool for vaccine side effects managed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration.  

The fringe Republican, who has previously shared QAnon conspiracy theories and suggested that California wildfires were caused by Jewish space lasers, announced her suspension from Facebook on her Gettr account.

‘Facebook has joined Twitter in censoring me,’ she said. ‘This is beyond censorship of speech.’

‘I’m an elected Member of Congress representing over 700,000 US tax paying citizens and I represent their voices, values, defend their freedoms, and protect the Constitution.’ 

On her Gettr account she shared what appeared to be a Facebook screenshot.

‘You can’t post or comment for 24 hours. This is because you previously posted something that didn’t follow our Community Standards,’ it said.

Facebook’s intervention comes after Greene posted the same message to both platforms, claiming reports of injury or death among COVID-19 vaccine recipients were evidence of the federal government ignoring ‘extremely high amounts of COVID vaccine deaths.’

On GETTR, she said there had been ‘zero investigation’ into the deaths.

‘Who appointed Twitter and Facebook to be the authorities of information and misinformation?’ she asked.

‘When Big Tech decides what political speech of elected members is accepted and what’s not then they are working against our government and against the interest of our people.’

There is no evidence of that coronavirus vaccines cause widespread, serious side-effects.

Meanwhile conservatives and other right-wing figures often accuse the mainstream social media platforms of censorship.

Facebook came under fire in recent days for disabling the account of a conservative children’s book publisher that it claimed violated its ‘low quality or disruptive content’ policy.

Heroes of Liberty specializes in kid-friendly biographies of national right-wing figures like Ronald Reagan and Amy Coney Barrett.   

The social media giant neglected to give exact examples of which posts violated the policy, but in a message to Heroes of Liberty it pointed to a rule included in its advertising guidelines that states: ‘Ads must not contain content leading to external landing pages that provide an unexpected or disruptive experience.’ 

‘This includes misleading ad positioning, such as overly sensationalized headlines or prompts for users to inauthentically interact with the ad, and leading people to landing pages that contain minimal original content and a majority of unrelated or low quality ad content.’

Facebook told Fox Business on Tuesday that the account was permanently disabled ‘in error’ and has since been restored. 

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