Twitter locks account of Republican lawmaker who backed QAnon | Social Media News

The move came after Marjorie Taylor Greene published baseless allegations of voter fraud in the Georgia Senate election.

US tech giant Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of a newly elected Republican congresswoman for repeatedly violating its integrity policy following baseless allegations of voter fraud.

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s account was locked for 12 hours on Sunday after the company flagged at least two tweets as ‘disputed’ and blocked them from being shared or retweeted because they posed a ‘risk of violence’, a source said. Twitter spokesperson.

A staunch supporter of Donald Trump, Green posted baseless claims about the Georgia election on the social media platform after Democrats won Senate seats in both states.

The congresswoman is also known to have embraced QAnon conspiracy theories in the past and has been endorsed by the president as a “future Republican star.”

QAnon followers believe in a conspiracy theory that Trump is waging a covert war against a global liberal cult of Satan-worshipping pedophiles. They have provided no credible evidence for this.

The Georgia Republican lamented Twitter’s decision, accusing the social media platform of censorship.

“Americans’ rights are being stripped away and they are not being heard by the people they elected to represent them,” Greene said in a statement.

“With Big Tech silencing them, they literally can’t be heard. Censorship must stop.

“If a conservative dares to voice a political opinion deemed not approved by the internet police, he now faces false charges of ‘incitement to violence’ simply because he holds a conservative opinion,” a- she added.

Greene’s suspension is the latest in a series of high-profile social media bans and lockdowns following the Jan. 6 riot at the United States Capitol in which five people died.

Twitter banned Trump two days after the incident and has since deleted more than 70,000 QAnon-related accounts.

Apple and Google also banned downloads of Parler, a Twitter-like app popular among conservatives, and Amazon kicked the platform from its servers.

This has outraged many Republicans, who say the tech giants are infringing on their right to free speech.

Last week, Trump became the first US president in history to be impeached twice when the House of Representatives voted to charge him with instigating the January 6 popular attack on Congress.