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Libs of TikTok’s deleted tweet accusing anti-teen suicide organization of ‘grooming’ resurfaces

It's not clear how the account is choosing what to keep and what to delete.

 

Claire Goforth

Tech

Posted on Apr 20, 2022   Updated on Apr 25, 2022, 9:37 am CDT

The right-wing Twitter account Libs of TikTok has been deleting tweets as the formerly anonymous accountholder’s identity was exposed.

On Monday, the Daily Dot reported that the heavily anti-LGBTQ Libs of TikTok account cycled through several Twitter handles before settling on the current one that made it a right-wing star. The Daily Dot also reported that the account owner was in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that the account holder is a woman named Chaya Raichik.

The revelations ignited a media firestorm. Conservatives rushed to accuse the Post of doxing Raichik and defend Libs of TikTok from its critics.

Raichik has echoed her defenders’ claims that she’s been doxed and harassed by the Post, which it denies. Some found Raichik’s claim ironic given that her account essentially did the same thing to others, some of whom she recently said are educators who subsequently lost their jobs.

While Raichik has remained resolute and laser-focused on criticizing the Post, she’s also reportedly been quietly deleting tweets.

A Twitter account dedicated to archiving deleted tweets reports that nearly 3,000 of Libs of TikTok’s tweets have been deleted. Some appear to have been deleted prior to Raichik being unmasked. Her account was recently suspended by Twitter, and it reportedly deleted tweets to get access restored.

At least 20 tweets appear to have been deleted since last Friday, when reports of Libs of TikTok’s identity began floating around online. An archived version shows the account with 6,352 tweets on April 17 and 6,330 as of today.

https://twitter.com/deletedtweet161/status/1516661646017515528?s=20&t=zTZjMEhjkvS5ALbJCFB9TQ

According to the archive, which pulls data from the Internet Archive, the tweets range from bragging about making educators resign or getting them fired, opposing pandemic restrictions, and criticizing critical race theory. “CRT breaks people’s brains,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

Many of the deleted tweets called people groomers. Accusing LGBTQ people of being groomers is a common trope based on the false assertion that they’re pedophiles.

In one such tweet, Raichik likened teaching kids about gender identity to grooming. “These groomer teachers need to be fired,” she wrote.

In deleted tweet first noticed by @MattBinder, she called the Trevor Project “a grooming organization.” The Trevor Project is a nonprofit that provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ children and teens.

Libs of TikTok/Internet Archive

In another deleted tweet, Raichik wrote of Pride Week, “We are paying for this garbage to be fed to kids.”

Raichik also misgendered people and accused LGBTQ people of having mental illness in deleted tweets.

It’s not clear why Raichik has purged so many tweets or what criteria she bases her choices on.

A search of the Libs of TikTok account on Wednesday afternoon turned up tweets similar to those that she’s deleted, however. Raichik didn’t immediately respond to questions sent via direct message on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

No matter the cause, some people may breathe a sigh of relief to learn Libs of TikTok is purging tweets.

In a deleted tweet, Raichik posted an image of a person striking a suggestive pose with a caption that includes, “If you wanna feel good.”

“Ironically this same person sent me a DM a while back begging me to take down her video,” Raichik wrote of it. “Go private. And don’t do provocative stuff like this for attention.”


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*First Published: Apr 20, 2022, 4:59 pm CDT