Anti-LGBTQ social media account ‘Libs of TikTok’ sells merchandise through Shopify, even though the platform says its services can’t be used ‘to promote or condone hatred’, and uses the sticker feature link from Instagram to direct people there, apparently in violation of both platforms’ policies.
Over the past few months, as anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has intensified on the right, Libs of TikTok has become a favorite among right-wing personalities and media. An important driver in the “manufactured”groomerstory, his Twitter and Instagram accounts have been repeatedly used to mislead people, target teachers who support their LGBTQ students, and report Pride Month events, at least two of which were later targeted by the white supremacist organizationsincluding the Proud Boys and the Patriot Front.
In February, The New York Post reported that Chaya Raichik, the person behind Libs of TikTok, has “future plans to monetize her work”, although she claims she’s “not doing this for the money”. However, Seth Dillon, CEO of conservative satirical account The Babylon Bee, announcement in April that he hadreached an agreementwith Raichik to “turn his heroic, high-risk job into a career.” It looks like Raichik is now trying to further monetize his anti-LGBTQ platform by selling t-shirts, mugs, hats and other merchandise emblazoned with the Libs of TikTok logo on Shopify.
Raichik’s use of Shopify to sell Libs of TikTok products appears to be in violation of his acceptable use policywhich states: