The Twitter account LibsofTikTok has given millions of people laughs and after they were doxed by Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz, the argument has become a bit out of sorts.
Lorenz is a blue check marked hypocrite. She recently cried about mean tweets but went out and exposed the creator of the LibsofTikTok and visited several of the creators family members.
Lorenz said, “I have had to remove every single social tie. I had severe PTSD from this. I contemplated suicide. It got really bad.”
At least Lorenz’s family members weren’t visited, right?
Lorenz continued, “You feel like any little piece of information that gets out on you will be used by the worst people on the internet to destroy your life. And it’s so isolating. It’s horrifying. I’m so sorry. It’s overwhelming. It’s really hard.”
Some on the left are defending Lorenz’s action.
Nicholas Dawes tweeted, “Serious people on here are arguing that reporting out the networks and people behind a massive disinformation and propaganda complex is equivalent to “doxxing’. Journalism ethics people and digital security people need to talk to each other more.”
“Massive Disinformation” isn’t really the term that should be used to describe LibsofTikTok because the information that the account puts out isn’t disinformation at all. The content is user based where they send in videos or videos are found and posted on Twitter. It’s more of a review page than anything else.
Dawes also tweeted, “Investigative journalism is still investigative jounalism when its subjects are extremely online, and the same considerations of public interest and privacy apply, even if potential harms differ. This @TaylorLorenz piece more than meets the ethical bar.”
The problem is that Lorenz shared the creator’s previous professional address. That’s not “investigative journalism,” it’s not ethical, it’s inviting others to visit them for their own personal purpose. Any other excuse that the left has is unreasonable.
Dawes would feel very attacked and he would feel that something unethical happened to him if someone shared his address and the address of his family members. When the tables turn on the left, there’s a very different story.