Libs of TikTok’s Chaya Raichik suspended from Slack

Over the weekend, Slack suspended libs from TikTok, the transphobic internet persona of Chaya Raichik. According to a screenshot shared by Babylon Bee’s Seth Dillon, she was permanently suspended for violating the workplace chat app’s policies.

The news caused an uproar among Raichik’s conservative fans. Conspiracy theories and wild accusations against Slack flew around the web.

The URL that matches the one in Dillon’s screenshot now leads to a static message that says “This workstation has been suspended.”

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Slack’s policies prohibit “[engaging] engaging in activities that incite or encourage violence or hatred against any individual or group.” Given Raichik’s online conduct, it is possible that she was suspended for violating this policy.

As her alter ego, Libs of TikTok, Raichik is among the most influential figures in the culture war the Republicans are waging against LGBTQ people and their allies. Raichik directs transphobia and homophobia to children’s hospitals, teachers and others.

She has celebrated having her targets fired, but Raichik insists she is not responsible for the threats and attacks she often follows when she highlights an upcoming drag queen story lesson or provides misleading or inaccurate information about it gender-affirming offer from children’s hospitals.

After Raichik was suspended, her supporters began raiding the Slack Twitter account.

Many made bizarre, unfounded allegations that the workplace communications application was somehow involved in caring for children.

Accusing LGBTQ people of grooming, a term that refers to how child sexual predators exploit their victims, is a hallmark of Raichik’s online activities. Twitter previously banned the use of the swear word based on gender identity, but Elon Musk repealed that policy after buying the company.

“Slack supports child care!” wrote one of Raichik’s defenders.

Similar comments have been piling up in recent Slack tweets.

A few people may have had legitimate questions about the extent to which Slack monitors subscriber channels, but Raichik’s fans mostly just trolled it.

@john_matze claims, “I’ve also been banned from Slack before. If enough people are crying on Twitter or the wrong activist at the company is targeting you, your account will be terminated.”

Many said they are now boycotting the company.

“That’s it. I’m going to log into @SlackHQ just so I can finish/sit it!” wrote one.

Another person tried to link Raichik’s suspension to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Conspiracy theorists have become fixated on the 53-year-old non-governmental organization.

Twitter user @lib_trigger noted that Slack is owned by Salesforce, whose co-founder and chief executive officer is a member of the Board of Trustees of the WEF. CEO Marc Benioff’s work with the nonprofit includes co-founding a global movement to “conserve, restore and breed” 1 trillion trees, according to the WEF.

“Slack didn’t suddenly decide to ban libs from TikTok”, lib_trigger added. “This was a play in the ‘globalist playbook’ that they performed to distract.” They didn’t elaborate on what the globalists are supposedly trying to distract from.

It’s not exactly clear why Raichik was banned, but Slack has banned users on rare occasions. In 2019, over two dozen accounts were removed for belonging to hate groups.

Raichik Expectations She was suspended because Slack is “pissed that an account is working to protect children’s innocence.”

Slack hasn’t responded to an email requesting a comment.


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*Initial publication: February 28, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. CST

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