A supposedly “secret” Twitter committee determined that the satirical Libs of TikTok account was not in violation of the platform’s “Hateful Conduct policy” when it was suspended multiple times for alleged infractions.
An internal company memo revealed by journalist Bari Weiss as part of the “Twitter Files” showed that the high-level group “acknowledged” that the site was innocent.
That group consisted of powerful platform figures including CEOs Jack Dorsey and Parag Agrawal, Head of Legal, Policy, and Trust Vijaya Gadde, and Global Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth.
In the aftermath of the seventh suspension of the conservative account, a memo from the group stated that Libs of TikTok “has not directly engaged in behavior violative of the Hateful Conduct policy.”
It further said that the content creators regularly “targeted individuals/allies/supporters of the LGBT community for alleged misconduct.”
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That, of course, is hardly the same as hateful conduct. However, to continue with regularly banning the popular site, the committee asserted that its content spawned “online harassment.”
In particular, the secret Twitter committee complained that Libs of TikTok spurred harassment of “hospitals and medical providers.” This was allegedly done through exposing those that prescribe puberty blockers to children and surgeries that amount to mutilation.
The committee declared that these medical practices are in fact “gender-affirming healthcare” instead of “child abuse or grooming.”
Twitter, to its discredit, did not respond in a like fashion when the owner of Libs of TikTok, Chaya Raichik, was doxxed with her address posted on the platform. This of course led to harassment of Raichik, but Twitter said that it was not a violation of company policy.
After the release of the second trove of Twitter Files, Weiss reported that Libs of Tiktok was one of several conservative accounts targeted by the social media giant. It appeared on a “Trends Blacklist” and was labeled “do not take action” without consulting the committee.
The account, which began only in Nov. 2020 and has over 1.4 million followers, had already been suspended six times this year alone.
Interviewed by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Thursday night, Raichik explained her worry that posts on her account were lacking engagement despite having an incredible number of followers. As the Twitter Files clearly exposed, there were substantial reasons for this worry.