Controversial GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene‘s (Ga.) Twitter account has been reinstated, Twitter and Greene have confirmed, after it having been temporarily suspended on Friday, which came as House Democrats move to expel her from Congress.
A Twitter spokesperson, in a statement shared with this reporter Friday afternoon, said that the suspension was an automated systems error and Greene’s account has been reinstated.
“We use a combination of technology and human review to enforce the Twitter Rules across the service,” said the spokesperson. “In this case, our automated systems took enforcement action on the account referenced in error. This action has been reversed, and access to the account has been reinstated.”
Twitter, however, did not specify which tweet—or tweets—spurred the suspension of her account, which boasts over 380,000 followers.
Around the same time as the Twitter spokesperson’s statement, Green expressed her anger in a tweet.
“I was just told @Twitter suspended me for 12 hrs in ‘error,’ on the same day Dems introduced a resolution to expel me from Congress,” she wrote. “What a coincidence? Twitter’s little error wasn’t resolved until after 12 hrs. @jack which employee made the “error?” Reply to my email, Jack”.
The account of the congresswoman, who has previously promoted conspiracy theories and supported calls for violence against Democrats, had been suspended starting around 1 a.m. Friday for allegedly violating Twitter rules, her office later confirmed in a statement prior to her account being reinstated.
According to Greene’s office, the suspension was for 12 hours.
While the account was still suspended, Greene’s office lambasted the social media giant over the temporary suspension, stating the account was censored “without any information from Twitter on the alleged ‘violation.’”
“This move eliminated any possibility for Congresswoman Greene to defend her reputation, her seat, and most importantly the votes of 230,000 Georgians in the 14th District on the Twitter platform,” it also said. “This is yet another attempt by the Silicon Valley Cartel to silence voices that speak out against their far-left woke orthodoxy.”
“It appears that Twitter is assisting Democrats in their attempt to overturn the 2020 election of Congresswoman Greene and silence not only her voice, but the voice of the Georgians who sent her to Congress,” it added.
While she was locked out of her account, her profile page read “we’ve temporarily limited some of your account features” and mentioned that she could still scroll through Twitter but was prohibited from tweeting, retweeting, or liking posts.
This was not the first time she had been locked out of her Twitter account. Back in January, her account was suspended for “multiple violations” of the platform’s civic integrity policy for spreading misinformation.
Greene’s office while the account was locked, according to CNBC, was suspicious about the timing of Twitter’s move, which allegedly happened hours before Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez (Calif.) introduced a resolution to remove the Georgia congresswoman from Congress. However, as CNBC noted, there was no immediate evidence to support the suspicions.
“I believe some of my Republican colleagues, and one in particular, wish harm upon this legislative body. And I’m not saying this for shock value,” Gomez said on the House floor Friday morning.
“It’s the conclusion I drew after a member of Congress advocated violence against our peers, the speaker and our government,” Gomez said about Greene, going on to cite statements from her that date back to before she ran for office in 2020 all the way up to the deadly pro-Trump Capitol riot on January 6.
According to CNBC, Gomez spokesman Eric Harris told the news outlet that 72 House Democrats have co-sponsored his single-page resolution, which states that “pursuant to article 1, section 5, clause 2 of the United States Constitution, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, be, and she hereby is, expelled from the House of Representatives.”
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