Twitter timeout for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene COVID tweets

Twitter is giving Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a 12-hour timeout, saying some of her tweets violated its policy against coronavirus misinformation

Greene appears to have been disciplined under the “strike” system Twitter launched in March, using a combination of artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify content about the coronavirus that is misleading enough to cause harm to people. Two or three strikes earn a 12-hour account lock; four strikes prompt a weeklong suspension, and five or more strikes can get someone permanently removed from Twitter.

“We took enforcement action on the account @mtgreenee for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the Covid-19 misleading information policy,” the company said in an email.

One of Greene’s latest tweets that Twitter labeled misleading claimed that the virus “is not dangerous for non-obese people and those under 65.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people under 65 account for nearly 250,000 of the U.S. deaths involving COVID-19.

Calls to the congresswoman’s offices in Washington and in her north Georgia district reached messages saying her mailboxes are full and can’t accept new messages.

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