“Libs of TikTok” helps Project Veritas evade Twitter ban
In between weeklong suspensions, Libs of TikTok teamed up with Project Veritas to spread video attacking a teacher
Project Veritas and its founder James O’Keefe were permanently suspended from Twitter in 2021. Now it appears that Chaya Raichik has used her “Libs of TikTok” account to help them share content on the platform — a potential violation of Twitter's prohibition on ban evasion.
Meanwhile, Libs of Tik Tok has been suspended for yet another violation of Twitter’s rules prohibiting hateful conduct, according to Raichik’s business partner, Seth Dillon. Libs of TikTok promotes extreme anti-LGBTQ content targeting drag queens, teachers, and hospitals that provide lifesaving gender-affirming care.
Fresh off a prior weeklong suspension for violating Twitter’s prohibition of hateful conduct, the faceless cyberbullying account posted a video captioned “BREAKING: LOTT X Project Veritas,” featuring a teacher, Tyler Wrynn, who according to Raichik, “discusses how he can incorporate wokeness in school without being too obvious so he doesn’t face consequences.” Project Veritas and O’Keefe posted the same video, which features the Project Veritas logo, on their Facebook and Instagram accounts, crediting Libs of TikTok for the teacher’s original exposure, amplifying Libs of TikTok’s posts, and providing an easy way for others to tweet the video.
Raichik has previously expressed admiration for the work of Project Veritas, a far-right group that uses edited clips filmed without the consent of the person being recorded to attempt to discredit media organizations or embarass progressive groups. Before rebranding her account as “Libs of TikTok,” she responded to a tweet by O’Keefe, asking, “What can the average citizen do to help besides for donating?” In a February interview, she told the New York Post that she sees her account, which now has 1.4 million followers, as a “mini Project Veritas.” In May, she posted a Project Veritas video targeting Twitter lead client partner Alex Martinez.
The crossover may violate Twitter’s prohibition on ban evasion. Project Veritas was banned from Twitter in early 2021 for posting private information. O’Keefe was banned in May 2021 for breaking Twitter’s rules on platform manipulation and spam — specifically the rules that users cannot use fake accounts to mislead users or “artificially amplify or disrupt conversations” using multiple accounts, a Twitter spokesperson told The New York Times.
Twitter’s policies on ban evasion state that:
- You can’t circumvent a Twitter suspension, enforcement action, or anti-spam challenge. This includes any behavior intended to evade any Twitter remediation, such as creating a new account or repurposing an already-existing account.
- You can’t circumvent a Twitter suspension by operating, or having someone else operate on your behalf, an account which represents your identity, persona, brand or business persona for a different purpose.
Twitter’s policies also lay out a clear consequence for such an action:
Circumventing a Twitter enforcement action (such as a permanent suspension) by creating accounts or repurposing existing accounts to replace or mimic a suspended account is a violation of the ban evasion policy; it will result in permanent suspension at first detection.
We may suspend any account that is being operated to circumvent a Twitter enforcement action (such as a temporary account lock).
Project Veritas has previously flouted these policies and continued to use social media networks to spread misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.