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The Washington Post publishes identity of woman behind ‘Libs of TikTok’



The Washington Post came out in support of its internet culture beat reporter Taylor Lorenz after she came under fire on social media for reportedly “doxxing” the woman behind the Twitter account “Libs of TikTok.”

“Taylor Lorenz is a diligent and accomplished journalist whose reporting methods comport entirely with the Washington Post’s professional standards,” the Post’s senior managing editor Cameron Barr said in a statement.

“Chaya Raichik, in her management of the Libs of TikTok Twitter account and in media interviews, has had significant impact on public discourse and her identity had become public knowledge on social media.” Barr added: “We did not publish or link to any details about her personal life.”

“Libs of TikTok” was the third-most trending topic on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Critics hit out at Taylor Lorenz and said she was “hypocritical.” They pointed to MSNBC segment where she discussed online harassment against her. Critics also pointed out that Lorenz, a former New York Times reporter, has been sued by a businesswoman who claimed that she was defamed by a claim that she leaked nude images of one of her clients.


Lorenz also came under fire for accusing tech mogul Marc Andreessen of using the “R-word” (retard) during a private conversation on the Clubhouse app. The accusation turned out to be false.

As a result of the criticism, Lorenz claimed that she was then subjected to “online harassment” that led to suicidal thoughts and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Raichik spoke by phone with Carlson on his Fox News show last night. She agreed with Carlson’s view that Lorenz was “deeply enmeshed in narcissism” and “capable of the greatest cruelty.”

“I think that what I’m doing is very effective, and I think that a lot of people wanted to shut me down,” Raichik said. “They wanted to intimidate me into silence. And unfortunately for them, that’s just never gonna happen.” 

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