Leaked Messages show that Twitter employees are debating banning Libs of TikTok as its creator gets death threats
Written by Peter Boykin on June 14, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
Leaked internal chats reveal that Twitter employees are discussing permanently banning Libs of TikTok, a popular account that reposts controversial content and commentary from the left.
“Twitter employees are currently debating whether to ban us. We have screenshots of their internal discussion,” Libs of TikTok wrote on Twitter.
The screenshots were posted on their official Substack. The Libs of TikTok founder says that they verified the validity of the Slack messages, blurring out the names of employees who made the comments. Libs of TikTok said the screenshots were sent to them by a Twitter employee who wishes to remain anonymous.
“There are a few tweeps (that’s what Twitter employees call themselves) involved in this exchange. As you can see, they’re weighing the pros and cons of banning us,” Libs of TikTok wrote on Substack.
“One of them expresses concern that a ban will only validate the charge that Twitter is biased against conservatives,” the account wrote, referring to an employee that said, “But if we deplatform this account, we might erode trust in our platform from users who already think we’re irredeemably biased against conservatives.”
“I mean we successfully deplatformed Trump – I don’t think deplatforming Libs of TikTok is going to cause a mass exodus but I guess it may not be in our ‘fiduciary’ interest to enact a ban on a high profile account right now,” another wrote.
Another employee weighed in, saying they don’t see how Libs of TikTok, which they allege “exists solely to generate targeted violence at marginalized people,” continues “to be allowed to post.”
Libs of TikTok recently posted photos of ads for a series of drag queen events for kids. The tweet was mass-reported resulting in the temporary suspension of the account recently.
Media Matters employees took a particular interest in the tweets, alleging that the person behind Libs of TikTok was going to get someone killed.
Ari Drennen posted a screenshot of the tweet that led to the suspension along with a screenshot alleging “Proud Boys” turned up at a Drag Queen Story Time event at the San Lorenzo Public Library.
The Libs of TikTok accounts posted that it is receiving death threats. Someone sent an Instagram DM that they had sent a “pipe bomb for literally supporting nazi bigots,” adding “please kill yourself at your earliest convenience.”
Tesla CEO and expected soon-to-be owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, has questioned Twitter about why the people aren’t banned for making death threats against Libs of TikTok.
Elon Musk Defends ‘Libs Of TikTok’ Over Twitter Death Threats
Elon Musk has come to the defense of the woman behind the controversial Twitter account “Libs of TikTok” after she tweeted that she was receiving death threats.
Musk, the Tesla CEO who has committed to acquiring the social media site for $44 billion, tweeted: “Why?” after the “Libs of TikTok” creator – who was identified by The Washington Post as Chaya Raichik of Brooklyn, New York – tweeted she had “Now received about a dozen death threats after radical leftists accused me of being a domestic terrorist extremist.”
“Twitter has not removed any of the accounts of those who sent the threats,” she added.
The tech mogul has vowed to change Twitter’s content moderation policies once he takes the company private once the acquisition is complete.
Musk has said he intends to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, which was shut down after the events at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Raichik also tweeted that she was forced to relocate due to continuing death threats from other social media users.
“Update: After the events of the past 2 days I’ve decided to move to a safer location until things calm down,” read a post from “Libs of TikTok” that was tweeted recently.
Raichik posted a screenshot of a message she received from another social media user who claimed to have sent her a pipe bomb “For literally supporting nazi bigots.”
Raichik tweeted that she received at least a dozen death threats from other social media users.
Lately, Raichik was prevented from posting on her Twitter account after users protested a tweet thread about drag shows to which young children were invited.
“Libs of TikTok” posts TikTok videos from liberals who often speak about gender identity and other hot-button issues that have become a staple of political and cultural debates.
Raichik wrote on her Substack blog that she obtained internal Slack messages from Twitter employees indicating that the social media company is thinking about banning her.
The blog post included screenshots of what she claims are internal chats among Twitter employees.
The Slack messages, which appear to have been exchanged purportedly show that one Twitter employee expressed frustration with management for not imposing an outright ban on “Libs of TikTok.”
Liberals have accused Raichik of inciting violence against transgender people.
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