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American News Jun 15, 2022 11:10 PM EST

Taylor Lorenz furious that Elon Musk challenged Twitter over Libs of TikTok death threats

The notoriously fact-checked Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz took to Twitter to voice her upset about Elon Musk questioning why death threats against the Libs of TikTok account remained on their platform.

Taylor Lorenz furious that Elon Musk challenged Twitter over Libs of TikTok death threats
Ashley St. Clair New York, NY

The notoriously fact-checked Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz took to Twitter earlier this week to voice her upset about Elon Musk questioning why death threats against the Libs of TikTok account remained on the social media giant's platform.

On Monday, Libs of TikTok received an onslaught of harassment and death threats after a Media Matters employee coordinated a campaign to have the account removed from Twitter, claiming "Libs of TikTok is going to get someone killed," for reposting content from Left-wing activists.

After receiving numerous death threats, Libs of TikTok posted about Twitter’s failure to remove the accounts threatening her. Elon Musk responded later that day, asking Twitter why they have failed to take action.

Lorenz retweeted the response from Musk questioning Twitter, adding "Of course," and "LGBTQ activists have called out Libs of TikTok escalating attacks on the community in recent weeks."

Underpinning Lorenz’s response is a close affiliation and relationship with the Media Matters employee, Ari Drennen, who targeted Libs of TikTok earlier this week.

Chaya Raichik, the Jewish woman who runs Libs of TikTok, has been targeted by Lorenz for some time now, including an insinuation by Lorenz that Raichik is operating the Libs of TikTok account as a 'foreign actor.' This trope is a common line of attack against many Jewish Americans, insinuating they have alliances to a foreign nation, and is often seen as anti-semitic.

Most infamously, Lorenz made a report on Libs of TikTok in The Washington Post, exposing Raichik’s previously anonymous identity, doxxing her, and harassing Raichik and her family at their home.

Raichik responded to Lorenz's upset at Musk's support for her saying, "The person who cried on air about mean tweets and speaks out for women facing online harassment, is upset that Elon questioned why Twitter didn’t do anything about the dozens of online death threats I (a woman) received."

Lorenz previously broke down in an MSNBC interview claiming she had PTSD from mean tweets and online harassment. The segment she was interviewed for was covering a statistic that claims 1 in 3 women under 35 are victims of online harassment.

Despite downplaying the harassment of women herself in the case of Raichik, Lorenz continued on her rant, ironically trying to paint the supporters of Raichik as the ones dismissive of the harassment of women, "Right wing influencer Glenn Greenwald, who has notoriously downplayed harassment against women journalists & said death threats are 'an inevitable part of a public platform,' has jumped to Chaya Raichik’s defense claiming she’s being harassed after targeting the LGBTQ community."

Greenwald has been a frequent target of Lorenz as well and defended himself earlier this year after a study accused him and Tucker Carlson of causing Lorenz to be targeted by online hate.

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