While corporate media continues to coverup any wrongdoing on the part of the Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz for doxxing conservative Twitter user LibsofTikTok, a free, public archive site is being implicated in aiding to scrub the journalists past to limit further scrutiny.
The Internet Archive was founded in 1996 to construct a digital library of the ever-expanding internet that remains free to use for the general public. Utilizing tools like the Wayback Machine which allows users to see content from the past that may have already been deleted, they endeavor to further their stated mission “to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.”
After Lorenz demonstrated her astounding hypocrisy by doubling down on actions that led to the promotion of harassment of individuals following her own viral pity party for experiencing the same, inquiring minds began to seek out other instances where the journalist may have acted toward the detriment of others.
Taylor Lorenz's Twitter feed has been "excluded" from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
Internet Archive's stated mission is to "provide universal access to all knowledge." pic.twitter.com/j9CI9aqymt
— Rob Shimshock (@ShimshockAndAwe) April 20, 2022
CNSNews editor Rob Shimshock sought past tweets from Lorenz who, according to her profile, has had an account with the social media company since October 2010. However, when he entered her URL into the Wayback Machine’s search engine Wednesday, a message popped up apologizing for not linking to any information stating, “This URL has been excluded from the Wayback Machine.”
Shimshock went on to ask Lorenz if she had requested the archive remove her “profile from its database? If so, why?” He then pointed out that while she currently had less than 3,500 active tweets, an alternative archive maintained records of at least 16,800.
Using an alternative archive service, I see that Taylor previously had at least 16,800 tweets.
Only under 3,500 now.
Why has she deleted some tweets? pic.twitter.com/jP5oiJGPeY
— Rob Shimshock (@ShimshockAndAwe) April 20, 2022
According to their website, the Internet Archive permits users to “send an email request for us to review” if you wish to “exclude or remove” your site from the Wayback Machine. There is no explanation on parameters that would grant exclusion and, at the time of this post, Lorenz’s URL still produces the exclusion message.
Meanwhile, the journalist has continued to defend her actions that revealed the identity, profession and home address of the anonymous user LibsofTikTok and her alleged harassment of the users family members at their homes.
“And, you know, I know that sometimes reporting practices can seem foreign to people that aren’t familiar with journalism, but this was very by the book and very benign. We didn’t reveal anything personal and certainly, you know, not directing any kind of hate towards her,” Lorenz argued.
She then went on to accuse “right-wing media” of being a cabal against a free press stating, “The whole goal with the right-wing media is to obscure this stuff and attack journalism and to try and discredit any kind of journalist that attempts to hold these powers to account…I assumed that they would have drama, sort of like what they do…That whole operation in the whole right-wing media- it’s a machine.”
“I have dedicated, you know, the past decade of my life to helping people understand the internet and helping people understand how online influence works and why it’s so important for media companies to understand these things,” she went on. “My stories are good, my stories are accurate. And I, you know, work really hard to promote them.”
If Lorenz’s claims to accurate reporting are true, one must wonder not only why Lorenz has allegedly deleted more than 13,000 tweets, but why the Internet Archive is excluding that content from their system. Furthermore, if “right-wing media” are the ones responsible for obscuring journalism, why did the Washington Post remove the link to LibsofTikTok’s personal information, to which a spokesperson told Fox News, “Ultimately, we deemed it unnecessary.” after originally claiming, “We do not publish or link to any details about [LibsofTikTok’s] personal life.”
CNSNews reported that, after reaching out, they had not received comment from the Internet Archive on the time or reasoning behind Lorenz’s account being removed from their service.
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