Headline RoundupApril 19th, 2022

The Washington Post Reveals the Woman Behind ‘Libs of TikTok’

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Washington Post (Lean Left bias) journalist Taylor Lorenz stirred controversy on Tuesday by publishing an article that included the name of the woman behind the @LibsofTikTok Twitter account. 

According to the article, the woman’s name and phone number were used in the publicly available registration of LibsofTikTok.us last October. Notably, the article did not publish the woman's phone number or address despite their public availability. On Saturday, a software developer also uncovered the name via deleted tweets from the Twitter account’s former handles.

@LibsofTikTok features TikToks and other social media posts from liberals, leftists and LGBTQ people, often offering commentary like “Any teacher who utters the words ‘I came out to my students’ should be fired on the spot.” As Lorenz’s article notes, the account has been promoted by several conservative or anti-left voices, including Tucker Carlson (Right bias), Joe Rogan and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary

“Libs of TikTok” was the third-most trending topic on Twitter Tuesday morning. Coverage from the right strongly criticized Lorenz, accusing her of “doxxing” the woman behind Libs of TikTok; some coverage also said Lorenz was “hypocritical,” pointing to an MSNBC (Left bias) segment where she discussed online harassment against her. Coverage from the left, including Lorenz’s article, framed @LibsofTikTok as prejudiced, politically influential and deserving of public attention. 

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