Disgraced Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz, infamous for harassing and doxxing the now-public-facing Libs of TikTok creator Chaya Raichik, caught attention on Twitter after she falsely accused Elon Musk of desperately “bribing” content creators in order to keep them on the platform.
It goes without saying that Lorenz likely has motivations to speak out against Musk; a drop from the Twitter Files report series found that Lorenz once had “privileged access” to higher-ups at the social media giant, often calling in favors to have certain accounts banned. Lorenz has taken to Mark Zuckerberg's new Threads, which launched last week, and posts endlessly on that platform.
Unfortunately for Lorenz, she received a very different type of treatment from Twitter after the beginning of its Elon Musk era. At one point, her account was suspended from the platform entirely over policy violations; Lorenz claimed Musk had personally done so.
Now, Lorenz is going after Musk once again, posting online that he is “resorting to essentially bribing big accts to stay on Twitter.” Lorenz is reacting to Twitter’s new initiative in which it is now paying creators tens of thousands of dollars as part of ad revenue sharing program.
Other users have posted on Twitter about payments they have received, with many expressing gratitude for the new feature:
Lorenz's false accusation was promptly called out by user @alx, who pointed out that Musk had announced the initiative more than once in the past, including in February of this year.
Shortly after the news of Twitter's now-active payment system breaking, Lorenz messaged Raichik, more commonly known as Libs of TikTok, on Twitter, asking if she was not "invited to participate" in Musk's new monetization program.
"It's none of your business," answered Raichik. Lorenz pressed further on, asking if Raichik's relationship with Twitter has "soured."
Raichik responded that her relationship had not soured, and is in fact "thriving."
"Elon and I are actually dating," she joked to Lorenz. "Please don't tell anyone because we're keeping it quiet."
Raichik then quipped, "You have a name for being very trustworthy and honest so I know I can trust you with this information."
Lorenz noted she has not received a response on whether or not the Libs of TikTok account is receiving payments, to which Raichik replied, "I'm writing a story on people who suffer from Elon Derangement Syndrome and refused to pay for a blue check and/or took a lot of their content off Twitter. I'm curious if they have any regrets now that they're seeing creators get massive cash payouts. Can you give a comment as I believe you fit in this category?"
The disgraced "tech journalist" replied with a resounding, "No," prompting Raichik to say, "I will note that you declined to comment."
The term "Elon Derangement Syndrome" is ostensibly a play on the well-known "Trump Derangement Syndrome," a notion that many of former President Trump's detractors are so hysterical in their opposition to him that they are suffering from a condition that warrants being labeled as a mental health issue.
Lorenz’s conduct throughout her history in media has been marred with dishonest posturing, with the Washington Post staffer tangling with numerous other people along the way.
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