The Washington Post’s controversial journalist is back on Twitter after Elon Musk temporarily suspended her for ‘doxxing.’
Taylor Lorenz, who is a former New York Times reporter, was removed from Twitter after she was accused of revealing the exact address of TikTok talent scout Ariadna Jacob in a 2020 article.
Lorenz confirmed she was booted from the platform on Saturday night in a TikTok video without ‘zero reason’, but less than 12 hours later, Musk confirmed he will be lifting her ban.
‘Temp suspension due to prior doxxing action by this account,’ Musk wrote in response to a Tweet about Lorenz’s ban. ‘Will be lifted shortly.’
Lorenz’s profile was re-instated on Sunday morning.
Doxxing is the practice of sharing information such as addresses, phone numbers, and emails online, usually in an attempt to harass, threaten, shame, or exact revenge.
Taylor Lorenz’s Twitter profile is back online after she was removed by Elon Musk for previously doxxing a TikTok talent scout in a 2020 article.
Lorenz was the latest journalist to be removed by Musk after the tech giant announced new policies on doxxing
Before Lorenz was banned, the tech giant announced new policies on doxxing, and banned several journalists for allegedly doxxing the movements of his private jet.
Musk then decided to ban Lorenz after Jacob posted alarming evidence of how she was doxxed in 2020, including text messages with the journalists insisting her address wouldn’t be published.
‘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 wrote a tweet. ‘The article was shared many x on Twitter.’
Included in Jacob’s tweet were screenshots of a lawsuit against Lorenz that exposed the journalists’ guarantee not to share the talent scout’s address and insisted she needed it to only fact check an article.
When the article was published, Jacob found that a Zillow link to her Los Angeles home was included.
Musk replied to the tweet saying: ‘Such shameful behavior will not be tolerated going forward.’
Musk temporarily suspended another journalist on the platform after allegedly tracking every move of his private jet
Ariadna Jacob, a TikTok talent scout, accused Lorenz of sharing her address in an article for the New York Times and promising her safety
Jacob posted the accusations against Lorenz on social media
A lawsuit against Lorenz claimed the journalist sought to intentionally harm Jacobs
Text messages revealed the conversations with Lorenz
According to the landing page on Lorenz’s Twitter account, her account was suspended for ‘violating the Twitter rules’ but the disclaimer does not offer any specific information.
Following her suspension, Lorenz also wrote a blog on her Substack page in which she said that she was unable to log in to her account shortly after reaching out to Twitter owner Elon Musk for comment on a story.
Lorenz said: ‘I only had three tweets live on my account when it was banned. Two were promoting my social media profiles on other platforms and one was the tweet below where I asked Musk for comment.’
She had written to Musk: ‘Hi Elon, Drew Harwell and I send you a couple emails about this. We’ve learned some information that we’d like to share and discuss with you. We’re taking this very seriously and want to ensure this is pursued the right way thanks.’
Lorenz continued saying: ‘When I went to log in and see if he had responded to our query, I was suspended. I received zero communication from the company on why I was suspended or what terms I violated.’
She added: ‘Never once in my 13 year career in social media have I received a single terms of service or community guidelines violation, for my personal account or any account that I’ve run.’
Lorenz announced on Saturday that she was suspended from Twitter on TikTok
Lorenz’s Twitter popped up as suspended until Sunday morning
In April, the Washington Post journalist was criticized by conservative media outlets after she published an expose on Chaya Raichik, the Orthodox Jewish mastermind behind the widely successful Twitter account Libs of TikTok.
The Libs of TikTok account tweeted about Lorenz’s video announcing her suspension saying: ‘It’s incredible watching these “journalists” just in absolute shock at finally being held to the same standard as everyone else. They’re so used to living by a different set of rules.’
Lorenz was also roundly criticized for a tweet she sent out criticizing her former New York Times colleague Bari Weiss last month.
Weiss was one of the journalists charged by Elon Musk with releasing the Twitter files, exposing the company’s secrets regarding the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story and other major issues.
In tweeting a story about Weiss starting a new media venture named the Free Press, Lorenz wrote: ‘Notable what gets framed as a ‘buzzy media startup.’ If u start off rich, have a rich spouse, rich friends, don’t follow any journalistic ethical rules, and focus your content solely on serving the interests of extremely powerful rich ppl, you can go far!’
The Washington Post journalist was criticized by conservative media outlets after she published an exposure on Chaya Raichik
Lorenz criticized her own newspaper’s reporting on China and its opposition to Covid lockdowns
In November, Lorenz made headlines for slamming her own newspaper’s reporting on China and its opposition to Covid lockdowns in the country.
She was responding to an article tweeted by the Post’s official account about China’s record number of coronavirus cases, noting how only a tiny proportion of its billion-strong population is vaccinated.
There is no lasting ‘natural immunity’ to COVID. You can get covid over and over and over again bc there are so many endlessly evolving strains and antibodies wane. Also, choosing not to kill off millions of vulnerable people (as the US is doing) isn’t a ‘critical flaw’,” Lorenz wrote.
Twitter users were appalled. Lorenz would seemingly defend the authoritarian country’s lockdowns and implied human rights violations—with one user accusing her of ‘spreading misinformation’ noting how her editors were unlikely to sanction her because any controversy would lead to more views for the Post’s website.
Lorenz later attempted to clarify her earlier tweet by suddenly praising the Post’s reporting adding how the article contained ‘a lot more nuance btw’.
There were also very few direct responses to Lorenz’s original tweet because her Twitter settings do not allow for a right of reply unless followed by her directly.
“A coronavirus outbreak on the verge of being China’s biggest of the pandemic has exposed a critical flaw in Beijing’s ‘zero Covid’ strategy: a vast population without natural immunity,” the post said.