Joe Rogan got banned from Twitter

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Since entering Congress a year ago, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene attained right-wing media celebrity status – a feat she achieved in large part by stirring up controversies on social media. But the Georgia Republican’s online reach took a hit over the weekend when Twitter permanently suspended his personal account for spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Facebook followed suit on Monday, hitting Greene’s personal account with its own 24-hour suspension. And it seems the world’s most influential podcaster is taking notice.

In an announcement he made as a precautionary measure, Joe Rogan informed his fans on Sunday that they could follow him on the conservative social media site Gettr. “Just in case the Twitter shit gets any dumber, I’m here now too.” Rejoice!” Rogan wrote in his inaugural post on Gettr, a Twitter lookalike started by former donald trump aid Jason Miller which markets itself as a “free speech social media platform that fights cancel culture”.

Miller seemed thrilled, telling Insider that “over 171,000 people signed up for Gettr after Joe Rogan announced he was joining our platform, making Sunday our platform’s biggest day since we launched on the 4th of July.” He added that Rogan “knows Big Tech censorship is only going to get worse and Gettr’s incredible growth is proof that people are waking up to this dangerous reality and are hungry for an alternative that protects the freedom of expression”.

The new year saw at least one other top right-winger kicked off social media; according to the Daily Beast, president of Judicial Watch Thomas FittonThe TikTok account of has been suspended. “This account has been banned due to multiple violations of Community Guidelines,” read a notification on his now-blank profile. As for Greene, a Facebook spokesperson said the New York Times that “a post [on her personal account] violated our policies and we have deleted them, but deleting their account for this violation is beyond our policies. Twitter noted in a statement that Greene has repeatedly violated its COVID misinformation policy: “We have made it clear that, in accordance with our strike system for this policy, we will permanently suspend accounts for repeated violations. (Greene’s Twitter account was temporarily locked at least three times before her last suspension, including in January last year when she promoted conspiracy theories alleging Trump won the 2020 election.)

In its own statement, Greene’s office wrote that the congresswoman was suspended shortly after she tweeted statistics from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System – a database containing unverified figures that conservatives have cited to claim that the COVID-19 vaccine is deadly. “Twitter is an enemy of America and can’t handle the truth,” Greene said. “It’s fine, I’m going to show America that we don’t need it and it’s time to defeat our enemies.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy cited Greene’s Twitter suspension to claim that free speech is “assailed” by the “political and media elite” who have taken over “America’s town square”. In his statement on Monday, McCarthy threatened “tough congressional scrutiny” of Twitter and other tech companies. “House Republicans will be prepared to take action that protects Americans when they express their constitutionally protected views, just as we have laws in effect today that prohibit corporate discrimination in many other contexts. “, he added.

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