The far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene‘s personal account on Elon Musk‘s Twitter has been reactivated after being suspended in January for breaking the platform’s COVID disinformation standards at the time.
Greene’s reinstatement follows Musk’s weekend reinstatement of former President Donald Trump’s account, who had been suspended following the deadly Capitol rioting of January 6, 2021. At the time, Twitter was concerned that allowing Trump to stay on the site could lead to greater encouragement to violence. Trump has stated that he won’t use Twitter again, and as of Monday, he hadn’t posted anything since the site’s reinstatement. However, he hasn’t deactivated his account either.
Trump’s reinstatement to the platform appears to have been approved by Musk based on an illegitimate Twitter poll that he published on his timeline. Such a survey didn’t seem to exist for Greene’s story. Musk had stated that he would wait to form a “content moderation council” with a range of perspectives before making any significant judgments about the material or restoring banned accounts.
Who is Marjorie Taylor Greene?
Also known by her initials MTG, Marjorie Taylor Greene is a far-right politician, a businesswoman who is an ardent critic of vaccines and the use of masks. She has compared mask-wearing norms to the treatment of Jews by Nazi Germany. She had argued on Twitter that vaccines are not required as COVID was not a threat to people under the age of 65 and not obese.
A Donald Trump-supporter, Marjorie Taylor Greene, has been linked to supporting numerous far-right and white supremacist conspiracy theories like QAnon, and Pizzagate.
She advocated for executing prominent Democratic politicians before being elected to Congress and equated the Blue party with Nazis. She apologized for the latter comparison.
Greene was elected to Congress in November 2020 and sworn into office on January 3, 2021. She supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the result of the US Presidential election last year. Greene filed articles of impeachment against Biden the day after his inauguration, alleging abuse of power. The House of Representatives voted to remove Greene from all committee roles on February 4, 2021.