Elon Musk’s Twitter restores Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account

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The personal Twitter account of extremist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was reinstated Monday, nearly a year after it was “permanently suspended” for violating the social media platform’s policy on COVID-19 misinformation.

The far-right lawmaker’s account was reactivated days after Twitter’s new owner and CEO Elon Musk reinstated the accounts of other controversial figures, including former President Donald Trump.

She didn’t immediately tweet from her recovered profile on Monday, but she did acknowledged the decision on her congressional Twitter account, attacking “unelected major tech oligarchs” for her removal.

“On January 2, 2022, they violated my freedom of speech and my ability to campaign and raise money, crying ‘covid misinformation’. My account is back,” she tweeted, directing users to follow her personal account for “MTG unfiltered.”

The post that led to Greene being removed from Twitter in January contained falsehoods that wearing masks is making kids sick, that COVID-19 vaccines don’t work, that the vaccines were killing people and that the government was downplaying the numbers.

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After Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter in October, the billionaire initially claimed he wouldn’t reinstate suspended users until the company put procedures in place to do so, including a “content moderation board.”

It is not clear whether such a process took place; Trump’s account was reactivated after Musk posted a “yes” or “no” poll, and much of Twitter’s staff, including many of those charged with content moderation, were fired following the takeover of the company by Musk. Many more employees quit after Musk demanded that the remaining staff commit to being “extremely hardcore” and working long hours.

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Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the process behind Greene’s recovery. The company reportedly no longer has a communications department.

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