Washington Post tech culture writer Taylor Lorenz has been permanently suspended from Twitter amid company owner Elon Musk’s ongoing purge of journalists from the platform.
Its removal from Twitter comes after the tech giant announced new policies on defamation, something Lorenz has been accused of in the past.
Shortly after confirming Lorenz’s comment, the former New York Times journalist posted a video to TikTok where she can be seen in a formal gown, smiling from ear to ear, assuring the world that she’s off limits.
Lorenz, who said in the clip that she is with Times Ryan Mac, who is also suspended, is using the opportunity to promote her other social media handles and declare that she has not broken any Twitter rules.
Hours before she was suspended, the reporter adds, she reached out to Musk for comment on a story.
Taylor Lorenz appeared to announce her comment to the world in a TikTok video
According to the landing page on Lorenz’s Twitter account, her account was suspended for “violating the Twitter Rules” but the disclaimer doesn’t provide any specific information.
The new move comes after Musk recounted several journalists he banned for allegedly corrupting the movements of his private jet.
After her suspension, Lorenz also wrote a blog post on her Substack page saying she was unable to log into her account shortly after reaching out to Twitter owner Elon Musk for comment on a story.
“I only had three direct tweets on my account when it was banned,” Lorenz said. Two were promoting my social media profiles on other platforms and one was the tweet below where I asked Musk for comment.
I wrote to Musk: “Hi Elon and Drew Harwell, we just sent you a couple of emails about this. We learned some information that we’d like to share and discuss with you. We take this very seriously and want to make sure you go about it the right way. Thanks.”
At the time of writing, Harwell’s account was still active.
The tweet that apparently broke the camel’s back, Lorenz asked Musk to comment on a story hours before she commented
In April, the Washington Post journalist was criticized by conservative media outlets after she published a statement about Chaya Raichick, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish mastermind behind the massively successful Twitter account Libs of TikTok.
Lorenz continued, “When I went to log in and see if he responded to our inquiry, I got suspended. I have not received any communication from the company regarding the reason for my suspension or the terms that I have violated.
She added, “Not once in my 13-year social media career have I received a single violation of our Terms of Service or Community Guidelines, for my personal account or any account I manage.”
“Twitter has been an essential source of real-time news and has played a crucial role in the world of journalism, but Musk’s arbitrary suspension of journalists reporting on it should worry anyone who values freedom of speech and expression,” Lorenz continued.
In April, the Washington Post journalist was criticized by conservative media outlets after she published a statement about Chaya Reichick, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish mastermind behind the massively successful Twitter account Libs of TikTok.
Taylor Lorenz, “Internet Culture” columnist for The Washington Post, expressed her concerns about the recent suspensions of journalists on Twitter.
The Libs of TikTok account tweeted about Lorenz’s video announcing her comment, saying, “Unbelievable watching these ‘journalists’ just in utter shock that they are finally being held to the same standards as everyone else. They are so used to living by a different set of rules.” .
On the TikTok talent scout, Ariadna Jacob tweeted screenshots of the interaction she had with Lorenz, in which Jacob accused the journalist of sabotaging her in a 2020 New York Times article and of revealing her address publicly.
Musk responded to the tweet, saying, “Such disgraceful behavior will not be tolerated in the future.”
After journalists such as CNN’s Donnie O’Sullivan, New York Times’ Ryan Mack and Mashable’s Matt Bender commented, Lorenz expressed her outrage at the decision.
She tweeted: “It’s so shady.” I don’t understand how news organizations will continue to use this platform if they censor journalists.
Lorenz followed up by posting links to her other social media accounts.
Just last month, Lorenz came under fire for a tweet she sent criticizing fellow former New York Times reporter Barry Weiss.
Weiss was one of the journalists accused by Elon Musk of posting Twitter files, revealing company secrets regarding the Biden Hunter laptop story crackdown and other major cases.
Tweeting a story about Weiss starting a new media venture called the Free Press, Lorenz wrote: “Worth noting what gets framed as a ‘loud media company.’ If you start out rich, have a rich wife, rich friends, don’t follow any journalistic ethics, focus. Your content is solely based on serving the interests of rich and powerful people, you can go so far!”
“Not once in my 13-year social media career have I received a single violation of the Terms of Service or Community Guidelines, for my personal account or any account I manage,” Lorenz wrote on her Substack page.
Also in November, Lorenz made headlines for criticizing her own newspaper’s reporting on China and her opposition to the country’s Covid lockdowns.
She was responding to an article published by the official Twitter account of the Post about the record number of coronavirus cases in China, noting that only a tiny percentage of its one billion population is being vaccinated.
There is no permanent “natural immunity” to COVID. You can catch the virus again and again bc there are so many endless strains and antibodies that are constantly evolving. Nor is choosing not to kill millions of vulnerable people (as the United States does) “a fatal flaw,” Lorenz wrote.
Twitter users were apparently appalled that Lorenz would apparently defend the authoritarian country’s implicit human rights abuses and lockdowns – with one user accusing her of ‘spreading misinformation’ and noting that her editors were unlikely to sanction her as any controversy from That would lead to more views for the Washington Post website.
Lorenz later attempted to clarify her previous tweet by abruptly praising the post’s reporting and adding how the article contained “lots of nuance by the way.”
There were also very few direct responses to Lorenz’s original tweet because her Twitter settings don’t allow the right to reply unless you follow her directly.
“The coronavirus outbreak, on the verge of becoming the largest epidemic in China, has revealed a critical flaw in Beijing’s ‘zero Covid’ strategy: a large population without natural immunity,” the post states.
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