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The move came after Marjorie Taylor Greene published unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in Georgia’s Senate elections.

U.S. tech giant Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of a newly elected Republican lawmaker for repeatedly violating her integrity policy over baseless allegations of voter fraud.

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s account was locked for 12 hours on Sunday after the company flagged at least two tweets as ‘disputed’ and barred them from being shared or retweeted because they carried a ‘risk of violence’, one said. Twitter spokesperson.

A staunch supporter of Donald Trump, Green has published baseless claims about the Elections in Georgia on the social media platform after Democrats won both seats in the state Senate.

The congresswoman is also known to have embraced QAnon’s conspiracy theories in the past and has been endorsed by the president as a “future Republican star.”

QAnon followers believe in a conspiracy theory that Trump is waging a secret war against a global liberal cult of Satan-worshiping pedophiles. They have not provided any credible evidence on this matter.

The Georgian Republican lamented Twitter’s decision, accusing the social media platform of censorship.

“The rights of Americans are taken away and they are not heard by the people they elect to represent them,” Greene said in a statement.

“With Big Tech silencing them, they literally can’t be heard. Censorship must end. “

“If a conservative dares to express a political opinion deemed unapproved by the internet police, he is now the subject of bogus charges of ‘inciting violence’ simply to have a conservative view,” she said. added.

Greene’s suspension is the latest in a series of social media bans and lockouts in the wake of January 6. riot at the US Capitol where five people died.

Twitter banned Trump two days after the incident, and since then, cleaned more than 70,000 accounts with QAnon links.

Apple and Google have also banned downloads of Talk, a Twitter-like app popular among curators, and Amazon kicked the platform off its servers.

This has outraged many Republicans, who say tech giants are violating their right to free speech.

Trump last week became the first U.S. president in history to be dismissed twice when the House of Representatives voted to accuse him of instigating the Jan.6 popular attack on Congress.


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