Libs of TikTok — the viral social media account known for sharing content posted by leftist social media users — was suspended from Instagram on Thursday.
In a tweet posted Thursday night, Libs of TikTok published a screenshot of the suspension notification from Instagram, informing the account holder its handle had been blocked because the “account, or activity on it, doesn’t follow our Community Guidelines.”
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The virally popular account has 30 days “to disagree with this decision.” If there is no dispute — or the dispute is unsuccessful — the Libs of TikTok page on Instagram will be permanently suspended.
At the time of this story’s publication, the Libs of TikTok account on Instagram was unavailable. It is worth noting Instagram is owned by Facebook’s parent company, Meta.
This is hardly the first time Libs of TikTok has faced censorship threats from social media platforms.
In April, Twitter — where Libs of TikTok first found fame — briefly suspended the account, citing “hateful conduct” carried out by the page. While it was not clear what specifically led to the suspension, Twitter’s “hateful conduct” policy states, “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
News of that suspension came from Seth Dillon, chief executive of The Babylon Bee, a faith-based satire site.
Dillon dealt with censorship himself when Twitter likewise suspended the account linked to The Bee over a tweet the social media platform deemed to be in violation of its “hateful conduct” rules. The post in question satirically described U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine, a male who identifies as a transgender female, as “The Babylon Bee’s Man of the Year.”
During an interview with CBN’s Faithwire, Dillon said Twitter has attempted to strong-arm The Bee into compliance by trying to compel the account to delete its tweet in order to regain access to its page. Dillon, though, has refused to remove the post, telling Faithwire he won’t “bend the knee,” noting that, if Twitter wants the tweet removed, it can delete it from its platform. The Bee’s last tweet is dated March 20.
As for Libs of TikTok, Taylor Lorenz of The Washington Post was accused last month of “doxxing” the otherwise anonymous holder of the viral account. Lorenz claimed in an op-ed for The Post that Libs of TikTok has a “deep and far-reaching” impact on culture and plays a significant role in “shaping right-wing media, impacting anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and influencing millions by posting viral videos aimed at inciting outrage among the right.”
CBN’s Faithwire team discussed Lorenz’s piece and Libs of TikTok in the video below:
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