Republican congresswoman Majorie Taylor Greene's Twitter account was temporarily suspended on Monday over tweets that claimed COVID-19 was not dangerous for non-obese people and those under sixty-five.
Greene had written that organizations should not force "non-FDA" approved vaccines or masks on people. But the tweets were later labeled as "misleading."
The U.S is using vaccines made by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson under the Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization. None of these vaccines are actually fully approved, although their efficacy has been proven by numerous studies.
President Joe Biden himself even called for social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to take action on vaccine misinformation. Instagram even flags up covid conversations with banners directing Instagrammers to factual information about the disease.
"We took enforcement action on the account @mtgreenee for violations of the Twitter rules, specifically the Covid-19 misleading information policy," a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
Greene's account will remain locked for twelve hours, according to Twitter.
Greene herself acknowledged that she had been suspended from the platform and blamed the Biden Administration for trying to control free speech, on a Facebook live recording.
"Freedom of speech is under attack in America like never before," she began on her live video. "They have been censoring conservatives for far too long, our voices are the voices they want to cancel and we are experiencing being canceled every single day."
"Remember, last week when our press secretary said the White House is working to stop the spread of [misinformation] because they want to be careful and they want to be in control of the information that is shared about COVID-19 and vaccines, isn't that concerning?" Greene said.
In June she apologized after comparing COVID-19 mask requirements and vaccinations to the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews.
And in January, Twitter locked Greene's account after she sparred with a state election official over voter fraud allegations.
For the contrary, it is completely untrue that those who are not obese or under sixty-five have far less chance of contracting COVID-19.
Although anyone can be infected by the coronavirus, those who are at higher risk fall under the following categories according to the NHS: those who've had or have an organ transplant, cancer, lung conditions, heart conditions, down-syndrome, or long-term kidney disease. For more information on COVID-19 and current restrictions, click here.