On Monday, Facebook has temporarily suspended Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), a day after her personal Twitter account was permanently suspended "for repeated violations of [Twitter’s] COVID-19 misinformation policy."
Greene slammed the move as censorship from Big Tech, saying "social media platforms can't stop the truth from being spread far and wide," adding that "Big Tech can't stop the truth. Communist Democrats can't stop the truth. I stand with the truth and the people. We will overcome!"
Greene was later punished with a 24-hour suspension on Facebook for allegedly violating a similar policy on so-called COVID-19 “misinformation.” During this time Greene cannot post on her account.
“Facebook has joined Twitter in censoring me,” Greene wrote on GETTR. “This is beyond censorship of speech.”
She included an apparent screenshot of a message that said she could not post for 24-hours.
“Who appointed Twitter and Facebook to be the authorities of information and misinformation?” she added. “When Big Tech decides what political speech of elected Members is accepted and what’s not then they are working against our government and against the interest of our people.”
For its part, Facebook’s parent company Meta said it took down a post of Greene’s but did remove her account.
“A post violated our policies and we have removed it; but removing her account for this violation is beyond the scope of our policies,” spokesman Aaron Simpson said in a statement according to Politico.
Having previously said House Republicans would “take action” against Big Tech, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spoke out against the ban, although he did not mention Greene by name: “It is clear any speech that does not fit Big Tech’s orthodoxy gets muzzled. America is poorer for that conduct.”
“House Republicans will be ready to take action that protects Americans when they express their constitutionally safeguarded views, just like we have laws on the books today that prohibit discrimination by corporations in many other contexts,” he added.