On Saturday, Twitter temporarily banned Taylor Lorenz, a technology writer for the Washington Post, for what CEO Elon Musk called “prior doxxing action by this account.” According to Lorenz, her 340,000-strong following was deleted when she contacted Musk for comment on a Washington Post piece she was writing.
Lorenz’s account had been temporarily disabled, but that was restored on Sunday. Lorenz said she had been banned because she shared information about her other social media profiles. Musk said over the weekend that charges made in a lawsuit against Lorenz and her former employer, the New York Times, by a social media influencer manager was the source of the “doxxing.”
Ariadna Jacob, 38, claimed that a defamatory piece published in 2020 by Lorenz and the Times was to blame for the failure of her talent management company. As far as we can tell, Lorenz influenced some of Jacob’s most popular TikTok followers into making false claims against him, including that he released a naked picture of one of the teenagers.
Such shameful behavior will not be tolerated going forward
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2022
The Times rejects the claims and promises to defend itself in court. On Friday, Jacob posted an excerpt from the complaint in which she accuses Lorenz of “doxxing” her by publishing online details about the Los Angeles residence she once occupied.
“I’m not famous and I wasn’t a public figure either when Taylor Lorenz asked for my address, said it wasn’t for publication and then proceeded to dox me in the NYT with the address she had assured me she wasn’t going to publish,” Jacob tweeted on Friday. “The article was shared many x on Twitter.”
In response to Jacob’s post, Musk said, “Such shameful behavior will not be tolerated going forward.” Jacob told The Post on Monday that although she was grateful that the world’s second wealthiest man was interested in her situation, Musk did not contact her directly. “The problem with influencer journalists like Taylor Lorenz is that they are rarely held accountable,” Jacob told The Post.
Temp suspension due to prior doxxing action by this account. Will be lifted shortly.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
“It’s telling that many reporters still champion Lorenz as a social media expert and victim of online harassment but they ignore our lawsuit against Lorenz and my personal story.”
“It’s a stark contrast to Elon Musk, a billionaire running several companies who took the time to learn my story and take swift action on what I agree is shameful behavior,” she added. Before the year was through, Lorenz was accused of “doxxing” the unknown person behind the viral TikTok channel “Libs of TikTok.”
Technology journalist for the Washington Post Taylor Lorenz was temporarily banned from Twitter on Saturday for “previous doxxing behavior by this account,” as CEO Elon Musk put it. Lorenz claims that when she reached out to Musk for feedback on an article she was writing for the Washington Post, Musk removed her whole following of 340,000 people.
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