Suspending Marjorie Taylor-Greene was an act of virtue signaling
Silencing a sitting member of Congress will feed and encourage conspiracy theories, making it look like Twitter has something to hide.
The powers that be at Twitter are better people than you are. They take the pandemic seriously, and they are going to show you just how much they believe in The Science. Therefore, they will ban the account of a sitting member of Congress, thumbing their noses at the 229,827 voters who chose Marjorie Taylor-Greene, giving her a whopping 74.6% of the vote.
Of course, banning Greene will not silence her or stop her from posting her opinions on the Internet. It will not stop the spread of COVID-19 "misinformation" or change the mind of even a single person who is skeptical about the vaccines. Greene can still post on Gab, Gettr, Parler and Telegram, and it is easy to follow her on those platforms. But Twitter did manage to show us that they are our moral betters.
I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and have been since May. I defended the lockdowns early in the pandemic, as well as the mask mandates. Because I actually do take this disease seriously, it is frustrating to watch Twitter make this about its own virtue as a company while doing nothing to actually make a difference or save lives. If Twitter's concern actually was about combating "misinformation," this was the worst way to accomplish that goal. Banning Greene only enhances her profile.
The battle today is about what words and ideas will be allowed in society, and "safety" is the hoax being used to silence speech that Leftists do not like. But let's be real here: Greene was not a "threat" to anyone's health or safety. With all due respect to Greene or any other member of Congress, I am not taking my medical advice from a politician. I will ask my doctor and I will do my own research using reputable sources.
Worse, Twitter's virtue signaling continues the trend of separating the Right and Left into bubbles where they only hear their own side. It is not helpful to shunt Greene and others to other parts of the Internet. Silencing a sitting member of Congress will feed and encourage conspiracy theories, making it look like Twitter has something to hide. We will just retreat into our own circles, unable to talk to each other and worsening political divisions. Creating more division and distrust will make pandemic mitigation more difficult, and future pandemics will be a more difficult challenge because of that distrust.
But hey, Twitter was able to parade its virtue. Twitter was praised by all the right people for removing Greene from their platform. That is all that matters, right?