US politician affirms claim that masks cause lung cancer, brain damage and Covid

A US Congresswoman caused a Twitter storm after endorsing a claim that masks can cause lung cancer, brain damage and Covid.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right Republican, is known for her promotion conspiracy theories such as the white genocide conspiracy, QAnon and Pizzagate.

Known as 'MTG', the U.S. representative for Georgia's 14th congressional district since 2021, has also promoted white-supremacist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the past.

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Greene caused mass hubbub after she retweeted YouTuber Tim Pool, who in his own tweet remarked was particularly positive on YouTube's loosening of restrictions on sharing conspiracies which have had dangerous public effects.

Among the long list of false claims that Mr Pool included in his tweet that YouTube now allow you to claim included: "Masks cause brain damage”, “Masks cause lung cancer”, and “COVID-19 no longer exists”.

Ms Greene quoted the tweet stating that truth was now returning to the video-sharing site.

“So in other words, allowing some truth back on the platform," she said.

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“Social media companies are going to find themselves in serious trouble in court for violating 1st amendment rights of people who were telling the truth about Covid and got censored and banned."

The congresswoman’s personal Twitter account was banned earlier this year as Twitter officials chalked up the ban due to “repeated violations of our Covid-19 misinformation policy”.

Ms Greene falsely claimed that the federal government was ignoring “extremely high amounts of Covid vaccine deaths”, citing data from the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which led to her temporary Twitter ban.

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