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Meet the woman behind Libs of TikTok, secretly fueling the right’s outrage machine

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    I think that reporting like this is very important as it brings into the light the various bigots with massive platforms that are helping to fuel the right's culture wars of hatred under the guise...

    I think that reporting like this is very important as it brings into the light the various bigots with massive platforms that are helping to fuel the right's culture wars of hatred under the guise of anonymity.

    These paragraphs I think are very important as to why this account was being investigated:

    The anonymous account’s impact is deep and far-reaching. Its content is amplified by high-profile media figures, politicians and right-wing influencers. Its tweets reach millions, with influence spreading far beyond its more than 648,000 Twitter followers. Libs of TikTok has become an agenda-setter in right-wing online discourse, and the content it surfaces shows a direct correlation with the recent push in legislation and rhetoric directly targeting the LGBTQ+ community.

    The account has been promoted by podcast host Joe Rogan, it’s been featured in the New York Post, the Federalist, the Post Millennial and a slew of other right-wing news sites. Meghan McCain has retweeted it. The online influencer Glenn Greenwald has amplified it to his 1.8 million Twitter followers while calling himself the account’s “Godfather.” Last Thursday, the woman behind the account appeared anonymously on Tucker Carlson’s show to complain about being temporarily suspended for violating Twitter’s community guidelines. Fox News often creates news packages around the content that Libs of TikTok has surfaced.

    There is a lot of Discourse^TM online today on the ethics of whether this story was worth reporting on, but it really can't be understated how quickly some of these social accounts can accrue insane levels of influence in the right-wing bigotry empire. There is a very clear line of sight from accounts like Libs of TikTok directly leading to real-life harassment and violence against gay and trans people in this country.

    Also, of course this woman was also a terrorist storming the capitol on January 6th.

    In January 2021, Raichik started talking about traveling to D.C. to support Trump on Jan. 6 at the Stop the Steal rally. When violence broke out at the Capitol that day, she tweeted a play-by-play account claiming to be on the ground. “They were rubber bullets from law enforcement. 1 hit right next to me,” she said. She posted videos from the crowd and spoke of tear gas being deployed nearby. After saying she left the riot, she used Twitter to downplay the event, claiming that it was peaceful compared to a “BLM protest.”

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