Last Updated on April 19, 2022
A woman behind the influential and popular “Libs of TikTok” Twitter account was recently doxed and smeared by Taylor Lorenz of the Washington Post. As part of her “journalistic work”, Lorenz reportedly even knocked on the door belonging to a relative of the owner of the popular account.
it gets so much worse.
i have confirmation from @libsoftiktok that @taylorlorenz knocked on her relative’s door today in addition to calling her family members.
this woman doxxes and harasses people constantly, but god forbid you send her a mean tweet. https://t.co/mMWgU3d5dK pic.twitter.com/wtD9zbzEVf
— MJ (@morganisawizard) April 19, 2022
Hi @TaylorLorenz! Which of my relatives did you enjoy harassing the most at their homes yesterday? pic.twitter.com/QehkBSgcmG
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) April 19, 2022
Taylor Lorenz published a column Tuesday morning that focused on Libs of TikTok and its owner, which attempted to portray the aggregator as dishonest and centered on outrage. “The account has emerged as a powerful force on the Internet, shaping right-wing media, impacting anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and influencing millions by posting viral videos aimed at inciting outrage among the right,” Lorenz wrote.
The piece goes on to dive into the background of the person behind Libs of TikTok, mentioning that she “began doubling down on election fraud conspiracies using QAnon-related language.”
In addition, Lorenz wrote that the woman behind Libs of TikTok “claimed to” be at the January 6th election integrity protest and that she “downplayed” the event as “peaceful compared to a ‘BLM protest.”
Taylor Lorenz has a long track record, going back to her time at The New York Times and The Daily Beast, of being the driving force behind several high-profile “exposure” campaigns. Her reporting has led to multiple people losing jobs and taking reputational damage.
In 2018, while at The Daily Beast, Taylor Lorenz “outed” the four daughters of prominent conservative Pamela Geller, whom she smeared as being bigoted toward Muslims. Her four daughters were later fired from their talk show, “The Morning Breath.”
While working with The New York Times, she smeared a talent agent named Ariadna Jacob, which caused Jacob to lose all of her high-profile clients. “I lost my business, my personal reputation and my income”, Jacob said of Lorenz during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Despite her controversial journalism practices, Lorenz has consistently found herself employed by corporate media giants. She has not faced any consequences or condemnation from liberal media outlets, but rather she has been applauded for her work.
Just several weeks ago, Lorenz was interviewed on MSNBC to give her account of being subjected to harassment.
NEW: Taylor Lorenz says she has "severe PTSD" from being a journalist and breaks down in MSNBC interview pic.twitter.com/G9FymoSdH8
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) April 1, 2022
She appeared to break down into tears on air while talking about the “severe PTSD” that she has suffered as a result of online harassment. The interview was done to highlight alleged “misogyny” that female reporters face for doing journalistic work.
Just weeks after crying on live television, Taylor Lorenz dropped the Libs of TikTok piece.