‘What a coincidence?’ Marjorie Taylor Greene demands Twitter explain ‘error’ in suspending account

On Friday, Twitter inexplicably suspended Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s account for 12 hours on their platform due to what they now claim was an error. This coincided with an effort by Democrats to expel her from the House of Representatives.

Greene’s office filed a complaint with Twitter over the incident pointing out that there was no explanation given for an “alleged violation.” A spokesperson for Twitter would later go on the record to state that the account was suspended in error.

“We use a combination of technology and human review to enforce the Twitter Rules across the service,” the spokesperson stated. “In this case, our automated systems took enforcement action on the account referenced in error. This action has been reversed, and access to the account has been reinstated.”

Greene sent out a statement which showed a screenshot of the notice from Twitter that said “we have determined that you have violated the Twitter Rules, so we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features.”

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Greene was limited to browsing Twitter and sending direct messages to her followers. She could no longer tweet, retweet, or like tweets.

“Today Democrats are introducing a resolution to EXPEL me from Congress,” Greene wrote on Parler. “And all of a sudden overnight, Twitter suspended me at 1 am for 12 hours for absolutely no reason, with no explanation.

“They’re doing everything they can to silence me because I am a threat to the Swamp!” She alleged.

“This move eliminated any possibility for Congresswoman Greene to defend her reputation, her seat, and most importantly the votes of 230,000 Georgians in the 14th District on the Twitter platform,” a statement released by her office said.

Greene had her committee assignments stripped by the House in February due to what they claimed were “her past support for conspiracy theories and support for statements of violence against Democratic politicians.”

Later on Friday, Greene tweeted out her conclusion: “What a coincidence? Twitter’s little error wasn’t resolved until after 12 hrs.”

The timing of the suspension is curious. It happened at the same time that Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) introduced a resolution to expel Greene from Congress over previous statements that Democrats allege were threats.

“I believe some of my Republican colleagues, and one in particular, wish harm upon this legislative body. And I’m not saying this for shock value. It’s the conclusion I drew after a member of Congress advocated violence against our peers, the Speaker, and our government,” Gomez proclaimed from the House floor.

“I take no joy in introducing this resolution,” he declared. “But any member who incites political violence and threatens our lives must be expelled. And I’ll do everything I can in my power to protect our democracy and keep all my colleagues safe.”

Co-sponsors of the resolution include Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Eric Swalwell, Maxine Waters, and Joaquin Castro.

This is not the first time that Greene’s account has been suspended. It happened in January as well over alleged “multiple” violations of Twitter’s civic integrity policy. It is unclear which posts led to that suspension.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Friday that the attempt to expel Greene was not the stance of Democratic leadership. “I’m not going to get into that,” Pelosi stated. “Members are very unhappy about what’s happened here. And they can express themselves the way they do. What Mr. Gomez did is his own view. And that is not a leadership position.”

For perspective, the House has not expelled a member since 2002. Rep. James Traficant (D-OH) at that time was convicted on 10 felony corruption charges. Those charges included taking bribes and using his congressional staffers to do work on his farm. Traficant served seven years in prison.

Although Pelosi is disavowing the resolution to remove Greene, 72 Democrats are supporting it, including the Squad.

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