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Elon Musk has come to the defense of the woman behind the controversial Twitter account “Libs of TikTok” after she tweeted that she was receiving death threats.

Musk, the Tesla CEO who has committed to acquiring the social media site for $ 44 billion, tweeted: “Why?” after the “Libs of TikTok” creator – who was identified by The Washington Post as Chaya Raichik of Brooklyn, New York – tweeted on Monday she had “now received about a dozen death threats after radical leftists accused me of being a domestic terrorist extremist. ”

“Twitter has not removed any of the accounts of those who sent the threats,” she added.

Musk then commented: “A platform cannot be considered inclusive or fair if it is biased against half the country.”

The tech mogul has vowed to change Twitter’s content moderation policies once he takes the company private once the acquisition is complete.

Musk has said he intends to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, which was shut down after the events at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

“Libs of TikTok,” which has amassed over a million followers, posts videos and images, mostly from LGBT social media users.

Raichik also tweeted that she was forced to relocate due to continuing death threats from other social media users.

“Update: After the events of the past 2 days I’ve decided to move to a safer location until things calm down,” read a post from “Libs of TikTok” that was tweeted on Tuesday. “Thank you all for your kind words and support.”

Raichik on Monday posted a screenshot of a message she received from another social media user who claimed to have sent her a pipe bomb “for literally supporting nazi bigots.”

“Hi @FBI, I’m being suspected with a pipe bomb. Can you please look into this? ” she tweeted in response.

Raichik tweeted that she received at least a dozen death threats from other social media users.

Last week, Raichik was prevented from posting on her Twitter account after users protested a tweet thread about drag shows to which young children were invited.

“Libs of TikTok” posts TikTok videos from liberals who often speak about gender identity and other hot-button issues that have become a staple of political and cultural debates.

The account has amassed more than 1.2 million followers.

The Washington Post revealed that the woman behind "Libs of TikTok" is Chaya Raichik of Brooklyn, New York.
The Washington Post revealed that the woman behind “Libs of TikTok” is Chaya Raichik of Brooklyn, New York.

On Monday, Raichik wrote on her Substack blog that she obtained internal Slack messages from Twitter employees indicating that the social media company is thinking about banning her.

The blog post included screenshots of what she claims are internal chats among Twitter employees.

The Slack messages, which appear to have been exchanged on Monday, purportedly show that one Twitter employee expressed frustration with management for not imposing an outright ban on “Libs of TikTok.”

Liberals have accused Raichik of inciting violence against transgender people.

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