In a recent development, Chaya Raichik, the creator of “Libs of TikTok,” has expressed her anger at being listed in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Glossary of Extremism. The controversial figure, known for reposting content from left-wing and LGBTQ+ creators on TikTok, along with critical commentary, has become a prominent influencer for the hard-right.
Raichik took to social media to demand her removal from the glossary, stating, “Enough is enough,” and calling the inclusion defamatory. She also pointed out her frustration at being grouped with organizations like Hamas, giving the ADL a deadline of October 31st to rectify the situation.
The ADL has responded, acknowledging Raichik’s demands and confirming an ongoing investigation into the matter. However, they declined to comment on potential litigation.
“Libs of TikTok” has faced controversy for promoting conspiracy theories and misinformation about LGBTQ+ youth. Their reposted content has led to harassment campaigns against teachers, medical professionals, and venues by right-wing individuals.
One of the most contentious incidents involved false information about Boston’s Children’s Hospital performing gender-affirming hysterectomies on minors. The hospital debunked these claims but subsequently faced threats and a bomb threat, leading to an arrest.
Catherine Leavy, responsible for the hoax threat, pleaded guilty to related charges and faces imprisonment and fines. She is set to be sentenced in March.
The ADL’s Glossary of Extremism, launched in March, aims to provide a comprehensive guide to extremist terminology and tactics. It covers more than 900 terms used by various extremist groups, including white supremacists, militant Islamists, eco-terrorists, and incels. The database seeks to shed light on the language employed by these groups and key figures in spreading hate.
This controversy involving Chaya Raichik’s inclusion in the glossary highlights the ongoing battle against extremism and misinformation in online spaces, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community.