Twitter responds to death threats against 'Libs of TikTok' following Musk criticism

Elon Musk questioned why Twitter wasn't doing more in response to the threats

Updated: June 14, 2022 - 9:18pm

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Twitter suspended the accounts of users who sent death threats targeting the owner of the Libs of TikTok Twitter handle after Elon Musk criticized the company.

Musk, who has been in discussions to buy Twitter, asked the company why it has not responded to the threats targeting Libs of TikTok, which reposts videos made by leftists.

The Libs of TikTok account claimed on Monday to have "received about a dozen death threats after radical leftists accused me of being a domestic terrorist extremist."

The Washington Post's Taylor Lorenz revealed in April that Chaya Raichik was behind the account, and Raichik told Fox News' Tucker Carlson she was forced into hiding after Lorenz's article.

Commentator Ian Miles Cheong responded to Musk questioning Twitter by criticizing the platform's apparent bias against conservatives. 

"On a just platform, everyone would be treated equally. As it is, you can be banned for merely criticizing (not even threatening) woke progressives, but they can send conservatives death threats without any repercussions," he wrote.

"A platform cannot be considered inclusive or fair if it is biased against half the country," Musk responded to Cheong. 

On Tuesday, Raichik thanked Musk and posted pictures captioned "How it started" with Musk's comments and "How it’s going" with emails from Twitter notifying her about the threatening accounts being suspended.

Raichik seemingly had a sense of humor about the situation. 

Commenting on a tweet from the Daily Wire about Musk's response to the threats, she said: "It could’ve been worse… I could have been misgendered."

However, the WaPo's Lorenz took the publicity of the account to highlight that "LGBTQ activists have called out Libs of TikTok escalating attacks on the community in recent weeks."