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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene at the U.S. Capitol in June. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Twitter announced Monday that it's suspending the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) for 12 hours.

Driving the news: "We took enforcement action on the account you referenced (@mtgreenee) for violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically the COVID-19 misleading information policy," Twitter said in an emailed statement.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Of note: The conservative Greene has been an outspoken critic of pandemic measures and apologized last month following outrage after she compared mask mandates in the House to the Holocaust.

  • She was removed from her committee assignments in February over her past endorsement of baseless conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric against Democrats.
  • Greene's suspension comes days after President Biden said social media platforms were "killing people" by allowing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on their sites. He clarified earlier Monday that he meant those who post vaccine misinformation were to blame.

Context: Twitter announced in March it was escalating enforcement action on pandemic misinformation over repeated violations of its policy, including a 12-hour suspension.

  • This new policy saw Twitter suspend Greene's account without explanation for 12 hours that month. The company later said this was due to an automated technology error.

The big picture: Some conservative lawmakers, along with media figures, have complained that Big Tech companies intentionally censor their viewpoints and used this argument in their push for regulation.

  • However, a study in February found these claims to be "a form of disinformation."
  • Greene could not immediately be reached for comment on the Twitter suspension, which was first reported by the New York Times.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Twitter suspends Rep. Jim Banks for misgendering transgender four-star officer

Rep. Jim Banks. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Twitter suspended the account of Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) Saturday after he intentionally misgendered Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed federal official, a spokesperson for the platform told Axios.

What they're saying: "The account referenced has been temporarily locked for violating our Hateful Conduct Policy," the spokesperson wrote. "The account owner is required to delete the violative Tweet before regaining access to their account."

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Peloton stock tanks on report of production halt

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Peloton stock fell by as much as 25% on Thursday, following a CNBC report that the connected fitness company will temporarily halt production on its bikes and treadmills.

Why it matters: Peloton is viewed by many as a proxy for consumer behavior in the pandemic era, as its popularity surged when gyms closed and people wanted to exercise at home.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: No evidence that healthy children, teens need boosters, WHO says — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older.
  5. Variant tracker