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Libs of TikTok or LibsofTikTok is a gimmick account on Twitter devoted to going through the platform looking for cringe videos from self-appointed liberals and then reposting them onto Twitter for others to see. The account functions similarly to other themed accounts with similar gimmicks, such as Posting L's and W's, with the content being submitted or found organically and reposted for followers.

Online History

According to SocialBlade,[1] the Twitter account was first created on November 10th, 2020, shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, which saw Joe Biden beat Donald Trump. Similar to previous elections, there was an uptick in posts from the winning side, such as celebrations, which became an early source of content for Libs of TikTok.

The account[2] continued posting found content from TikTok and hit a significant spike in new followers from August to November 2021, which coincided with the Let's Go Brandon meme and a general sentiment among some of an increased turning heel of the public against the sitting President. The account continued to grow in notoriety, especially when posting about support for Florida Bill HB 1557, dubbed by the media as the "Don't Say Gay Bill." This led to the account receiving shout-outs by Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, which happened on April 8th, 2022[3] (shown below).

Taylor Lorenz Washington Post Article

The LibsofTikTok account maintained its anonymity since beginning in November 2020 as the creator stated they didn't wish to be known publicly for fear of backlash against them or their family. On April 18th, 2022, Washington Post tech reporter Taylor Lorenz began receiving backlash from some on Twitter because of an email that was shared from Lorenz to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' press secretary Christina Pushaw,[4] purportedly one of the women behind the Libs of TikTok account (though Pushaw later claimed no such ties).[8] In Pushaw's tweet, the email from Lorenz stated that she had a one-hour notice to comment on an upcoming article from WaPo. This was met with accusations of Lorenz doxxing the account owner by some users on Twitter (shown below).

Christina Pushaw ! @ChristinaPushaw The Bezos Post's internet hall monitor is so excited to "expose" @libsoftiktok. Here is my comment: Subject: ON DEADLINE: Washington Post reporter seeking comment Hi Christina, I'm a tech reporter at the Washington Post. We are running a story exposing the woman behind the "Libs of TikTok" account. Our story mentions your many interactions with the account and praise of it. If you'd like to offer comment please let me know within the next hour. You can give me a ring on if you prefer. Thanks, Taylor Taylor Lorenz Technology reporter 8:11 PM · Apr 18, 2022 Twitter for iPhone

During the night of April 18th into the following morning, the controversy surrounding the article and leaked email from Pushaw created a discussion on the topic of how big an anonymous social media account can get, one that is involved in news cycles and getting shout-outs on syndicated broadcasting, before it is fair game to dox or scrutinize like a public figure — with proponents of doxxing the account stating that as a policy driving source of media, it should be explored and dug into more, as stated by Jeffrey Sachs, Sturgeon's Law[5], Chris Person and Lorenz in a Twitter thread hours after the story beat was leaked (shown below).

Taylor Lorenz replied Sturgeon's Law @Sturgeons_Law 3h LibsofTikTok makes $ publicizing the behavior of random citizens & directing mass scrutiny to them. It's also a regular source for the biggest news network & for policymakers. Its activity & function aren't easily distinguished from what its partisans say about Lorenz. ... NYP! Jeffrey Sachs @JeffreyASachs - 4h I'm not sufficiently in the weeds to parse the Taylor Lorenz angle or all the alleged hypocrisies, but the underlying story is definitely legit news. Libsof TikTok is an important account. It makes news. It shapes events and drives policy. Of course it's fair game. Show this thread 13 17 42 700 chris person @Papapishu · 45m it's so funny that doxxing has come to mean "knowing the identity of a person that's at the center of several news cycles" 41 Taylor Lorenz O @TaylorLorenz - 29m ... and they haven't even read my story yet! O 24 23

Amid the discussion of the article and email, several videos or posts of Lorenz's previous interviews and statements on the topic of doxxing were reposted and scrutinized by those against releasing the owner of Libs of TikTok's real name. One such video, originally posted on April 1st, 2022, depicts Lorenz on MSNBC talking about the harassment that women face online and how damaging it can be to have their lives in danger of online threats and targeted harassment. The segment[6] was uploaded to Twitter by Jon Levine, where it gained over 3.7 million views in 18 days (shown below).

Shortly after, another post of Lorenz's statements from April 3rd, 2022, discussing doxxing and the use of targetted harassment of people online resurfaced, stating in a tweet that was later reuploaded by LibsofTikTok[7] that doing any of the former is not okay "under any situation," which many purported applied to the situation involving the LibsofTikTok account being revealed (shown below).

Katie Herzog @kittypurrzog · 4/2/22 ... Online harassment is terrible and should never be tolerated unless it comes to my enemies in which case it's fine 50 L7 200 2,465 Taylor Lorenz @TaylorLorenz Replying to @kittypurrzog I know ur joking, but doxxing, stalking, trying to hurt and smear ppl's loves ones, threatening them, it's not ok in any situation. Ppl on here who constantly stoke these politicized outrage campaigns want to dismiss it, but it shouldn't be dismissed. Has very real consequences 12:13 PM · 4/3/22 · Twitter for iPhone

Early on April 19th, 2022, the Washington Post[8] article by Lorenz was published under the title "Meet the woman behind Libs of TikTok, secretly fueling the right’s outrage machine." In the article, Pushaw was not explicitly named as the account's owner, reading, "When asked by The Post about her relationship with the account, Pushaw wrote, 'I follow, like and retweet libsoftiktok. My interactions with that account are public,' and added that she’s a strong supporter of its mission." Additionally, the article stated that Chaya Raichik, a woman who had previously been working as a real estate salesperson in Brooklyn, created the Libs of TikTok account in early November 2020. According to the article, "Though Raichik has claimed to run the account alone, last August Grant Lally, a lawyer and Republican operative, filed a trademark for Libs of TikTok as a 'news reporter service.' Lally said he is 'not at liberty' to comment when reached by The Post."

Over the following hours after the article was published, numerous Twitter users expressed their support or critique for Lorenz and the story. Later on April 19th, Twitter[9] user MattBinder tweeted in support of Lorenz and the WaPo piece, earning over 1,000 likes in roughly two hours (seen below).

Detractors also expressed their thoughts on the article and Lorenz amid the controversy, such as American conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro on April 19th,[10] who received over 14,000 likes and 2,000 retweets in roughly two hours for his tweet (seen below).

Ben Shapiro @benshapiro Guys, we have to stop billionaires like Elon Musk from taking over companies like Twitter because they won't operate those companies like Jeff Bezos does WaPo, which unleashes Taylor Lorenz on the families of anonymous Twitter accounts.

Also on the morning of April 19th, 2022, Twitter[11] user JerryDunleavy noted that the WaPo article originally linked to the real estate license for the person purportedly behind the Libs of TikTok account, including info on their name, real-estate license number and a possible physical address, which was removed in the following hours after the article was published, receiving over 1,500 likes and 450 retweets in two hours (seen below).

Jerry Dunleavy O @JerryDunleavy Apr 19, 2022 Replying to @JerryDunleavy BTW this article links directly to the real estate license of the creator of the Libs of TikTok account, with that real estate license webpage even listing a possible physical address for the creator of the account. Jerry Dunleavy @JerryDunleavy The WaPo article by Taylor Lorenz originally linked to the real estate license for the person behind the Libs of TikTok account- the link listed the person's name, real estate license number, possible physical address, etc. WaPo only removed the link after being called out on it.

Taylor Lorenz Billboard

On April 24th, 2022, Tim Pool tweeted,[12] "Should I buy a billboard in times Square saying Taylor lorenz doxxed @libsoftiktok I wouldn't care if they just owned it but the gaslighting deserves a proper rebuttal," gaining over 27,000 likes in three days. On April 26th, Pool tweeted[13] a video of a billboard at Times Square that reads, "HEY WAPO DEMOCRACY DIES IN DARKNESS THAT'S WHY WE'RE SHINING A LIGHT ON YOU TAYLOR LORENZ DOXXED @LIBSOFTIKTOK @TIMCAST" (shown below). The tweet gained over 75,000 likes and 16,000 retweets in a day.

The billboard was reported on by a variety of news sites, including the Post Millenial[14] and The Blaze.[15] That day, Lorenz responded on Twitter,[16] sharing her article again and writing, "Tim Pool and the CEO of the Daily Wire took out a giant billboard in Times Square today in an attempt to discredit my reporting on Libs of TikTok," gaining over 26,000 likes in a day. She received support from some journalists on Twitter,[17][18] including Kat Tenbarge, who posted a meme using the billboard and Glenn Greenwald (shown below, left and right).

... Kat Tenbarge @kattenbarge Replying to @TaylorLorenz Just ran to Times Square to correct the record TAYLOR KENZ TAYLOR LORENZ Is such a good journalist

Appointment To Oklahoma Department of Education

On January 23rd, 2023, Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters announced that Raichik would be appointed as a "library adviser role for the state's department of education." The move was criticized due to Raichik being accused of inspiring a bomb threat on an Oklahoma school with an inflammatory post about the school's librarian, who joked about pushing a "woke" agenda on kids (which she said was "read books and be kind"). Raichik also does not live in Oklahoma or have experience in education.

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External References

[1] Socialblade – LibsofTikTok

[2] Twitter – LibsofTikTok

[3] Twitter – Tucker Shout Out

[4] Twitter – Dox

[5] Twitter – Pro-Doxxing

[6] Twitter – MSNBC Piece

[7] Twitter – Taylor Anti-Doxxing

[8] Washington Post – Libs of TikTok Article

[9] Twitter – MattBinder

[10] Twitter – benshapiro

[11] Twitter – JerryDunleavy

[12] Twitter – Timcast

[13] Twitter – Timcast

[14] PM – Tim Pool blasts WaPo, Taylor Lorenz in Times Square billboard over Libs of Tik Tok doxxing

[15] The Blaze – Taylor Lorenz blasted on Times Square billboard

[16] Twitter – TaylorLorenz

[17] Twitter – kattenbarge

[18] Twitter – ggreenwald

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