GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia addressed followers from her restored personal Twitter account on Monday after she was banned for spreading false information about COVID-19 in January.
Greene hosted, among others, live video to discuss her exile by reading printed sheets of her tweets from earlier this year, which repeatedly violated Twitter’s rules on COVID misinformation. The last tweet Greene posted before his suspension contained a graph showing fake statistics on COVID vaccine d*aths.
She told her followers during the video that “free speech is dead. And I know that sounds like something interesting to say, especially on the day I got my personal Twitter account back. But the reality is I should never have lost it to the first place.”
At the end of her hour-long speech, Greene said that in addition to losing access to Twitter, her freedom of speech has also been “att*cked” this year after a group of Georgia voters tried to disqualify her from voting because of comments she made during the att*ck on June 6. January at the U.S. Capitol.
Greene further claimed that she “couldn’t defend herself and collect money for attorney fees” because she didn’t have access to her private Twitter account.
“My attorney fees were about $700,000,” said Greene. “So if any of you want to help me with my attorney fees, you can go to MTGforAmerica.com.”
Greene added that she easily defeated the “arrogant jerks” who called her names in court.
In May, a judge ruled that Greene’s statements – which she denied or claimed she had no recollection of making – should not disqualify her from voting. The decision was also upheld by Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Greene, who also spread false information about the 2020 election, never lost access to her congressional account, even after her personal account was banned. The congresswoman, however, told her followers that her congressional website was for sharing “legislative and political ideas.”
“This is my personal account and this is where I can tell the truth,” Greene said. “And that’s where I have, well, at least I’ve been told I have free speech. Although I believe free speech in America is dead because so many people’s speech has been violated.”
Several accounts previously banned for violating the platform’s content policies were reinstated last week thanks to changes made by Twitter’s new CEO, Elon Musk. First of all, former President Donald Trump’s account was restored after a poll on Musk’s website. Trump has yet to use his unblocked account.
Newsweek contacted Twitter’s communications team for comment.
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