Republicans Slam Big Tech After Twitter Bans Marjorie Taylor Greene

Twitter’s ban of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) personal Twitter account is fueling Republican attacks on “Big Tech” as well as the dominant social media platforms.

Ex-commander in chief Donald Trump was also banned from Twitter last year. A number of Greene’s GOP House colleagues blasted the company for removing her personal account due to violating COVID-19 misinformation policy.

Republican leaders have been criticizing social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter over content moderation decisions for quite some time now. They have even accused these platforms of censoring content with anti-conservative biases, so it is not surprising that Greene’s party mates responded loudly to her twitter ban.

Since Trump’s Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill, many Republicans, including Greene have seen the fight against social-media companies as a motivating issue for their constituents.

The ban on Greene was also considered a vital move.

According to Darrell West, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, Greene’s ban has a wider-reaching impact compared to Trump’s censuring because he was already out of office when it happened.

“The fact that Twitter cut her off, despite being an elected official, is a substantial change in the broad latitude that elected officials have had in the past,” West added. 

Emerson Brooking, a senior fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab, agrees with the idea that Greene is facing a heavier situation than Trump. He also believes that the criticisms after Greene’s ban shows that the onslaught is likely to continue as the Republican Party gets ready to win back the House and Senate in the next midterm elections. 

“Twitter brought us what will be a major storyline of 2022 quite early, which is the continuing debate and allegations especially from the far right of censorship by these tech platforms,” Brooking said.

“Midterms are not traditionally big on policy differences. In the case of 2022, I think even before this, content moderation policy and ‘Big Tech censorship’ was going to be a major issue of discussion. And now it inevitably will be,” he added. 

Greene’s account had already been suspended four times before another violation of Twitter’s COVID-19 misinformation policy triggered her permanent ban from the platform.

Trump slammed Twitter for punishing his ally, believing the big tech company was “a disgrace to democracy.”

“They shouldn’t be allowed to do business in this Country. 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,” Trump stated.

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