Twitter locked controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) out of her personal account for hours on Friday, before later acknowledging her suspension was an error caused by the social network’s automated enforcement systems, a move that comes as some Democrats push to expel Greene from Congress over her embrace of conspiracy theories.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) speaks during an event on the East Front of the Capitol on Jan. … [+]
Twitter took action against Greene at about 12:45 a.m. Friday, preventing her from tweeting anything for 12 hours, though the site did not offer an explanation or specify how she violated its policies at the time, Greene spokesperson Nick Dyer told Forbes.
This action was a mistake by the automated system Twitter uses to enforce site rules, the company said in a statement, and Greene’s account has since been restored.
Twitter did not respond when asked which tweets by Greene triggered the lockout.
“We use a combination of technology and human review to enforce the Twitter Rules across the service,” Twitter said in a statement. “In this case, our automated systems took enforcement action on the account referenced in error.”
Greene did not accept Twitter’s explanation. In a tweet after her account was restored Friday, she demanded Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey disclose the names of staffers responsible for the error, even though Twitter says it was not caused by human moderators.
This is the second time Greene has faced exile from Twitter in recent months, but her last lockout was not an error. The company temporarily locked her personal account in mid-January for “multiple violations” of its civic integrity policy, after Greene falsely insisted last year’s election was stolen and called Georgia election administrator Gabriel Sterling a “moron.”
Greene’s past support for wild conspiracy theories has turned her into a magnet for controversy. Before taking office, she backed the QAnon theory, suggested school shootings were staged and signaled an openness to political violence, though she later walked back some of those beliefs last month. The House responded by voting to take away her committee assignments in February, and more than 70 Democratic lawmakers are backing an effort by Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) to expel her from Congress.
The push to expel Greene from Congress is unlikely to pass. At least two-thirds of the House needs to vote to expel her, meaning dozens of Republicans would need to join the effort, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Friday the body’s Democratic leaders have not backed the idea.
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