Sophomores learning furries at school?
So said the prominent right-wing Twitter account Libs of TikTok (@LibsofTikTok) on Monday. However, it turns out that Libs of TikTok fell in love with a troll. The accusations she tweeted were false.
“Second-grade teacher at @AustinISD allegedly gave students furry worksheets,” the account, which is run by conservative activist Chaya Raichik, claims. “These included a furry word search and an activity on designing your own furry character. »
A fake Facebook post shared by @LibsofTikTok that was created by a troll on rDrama.
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In the tweet, Libs of TikTok embedded two photos: a screenshot of a Facebook post claiming to be the concerned parent of one of these second-graders and a photo of the alleged fur-related lessons. The worksheets included a “Design Your Fursona” page which supposedly asked students to choose the gender of their fur and a “Furries Word Search”. An additional illustrated sheet reportedly informed parents that their students would be learning “youth subcultures, from goths to furries” for “Culture Month”.
An internet troll has created fake furry schoolwork, which has been shared by @LibsofTikTok as if it were real.
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The Libs of TikTok account also included the Twitter handle of the Austin Independent School District, @AustinISD, a district that operates 125 schools based in Austin, Texas, in the tweet. As a result, @AustinISD received thousands of inflammatory tweets, alleging they were teaching children ‘sex fetishes’, ‘medicating’ young children and accusing the school district of child abuse.
– contacted the school district by phone and email. Austin ISD media relations manager Cristina Nguyen confirmed that these worksheets were not taught in any second-grade classrooms and were not part of the district curriculum.
“Our curriculum team has looked at our resources, and it’s not part of our curriculum, nor is it part of counseling or social-emotional learning,” Nguyen told -. She also said the Libs of TikTok tweet interrupted the district’s daily functions as they were “inundated” with messages regarding the tweet.
It’s no surprise that Austin ISD couldn’t find these worksheets in their program. This is because they were created by an online troll on the rDrama site specifically to fool reactionary internet users like Raichick.
In a since-deleted post that was archive via Google on April 13 – 12 days before Libs of TikTok fell in love with fakes – members discussed the “Furry Culture Month school worksheet” troll, created by one of rDrama’s moderators. The post compiles a number of Reddit posts created by the mod in an attempt to trick users.
“Most of the best comments don’t fall for it, but if you sort by controversy 0 you get some special redditors,” explained the rDrama user who created the thread.
Almost two weeks later, Raichik would also fall in love with the troll.
An archived Google cache of the April 13 rDrama.net forum thread discussing the furry troll.
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rDrama.net is an offshoot of the closed r/drama subreddit on Reddit. The website and its users have been known to create internet hoaxes, such as ” Abortion bounty hunters » subreddit group, which has also since been close by Reddit.
r/drama and the following rDrama.net exist specifically for, well, creating drama. Forum members claim to be not so ideological, simply seeking to troll those who easily fall into the ragebait trap.
A sure sign that furry spreadsheets were the work of trolls: their creator shouted “rDrama” right into the “Furries Word Search.”
A culmination of the ‘rDrama’ cry in the fake furry word search that fooled @LibsofTikTok.
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Furries are an Internet subculture whose members often create an anthropomorphized animal version of themselves and identify and act as that animal persona. Furries are not explicitly sexual in nature; however, furry fetish tropes have cataloged the community to be identified as such by the mainstream.
With nearly a million followers, Libs of TikTok is an influential right-wing Twitter account that often targets LGBTQ users and teachers who post videos on TikTok. Its owner, Chaya Raichik, has previously bragged about the account’s influence over Republican administrations in Florida and Texas. Both states have pushed anti-LGBT legislation in recent months. Supporters of the @LibsOfTikTok account claim that it only reposts videos of the individual it is targeting.
However, since-deleted tweets from the Libs of TikTok account show that he had previously doxxed individuals, sharing a physical address, workplace, phone number, and email connected to the targeted person. TikTok’s Libs also encouraged his followers to call the listed phone number. These deleted tweets include a publication accusing LGBTQ suicide prevention hotline, The Trevor Project, of being a “grooming organization” for providing these services.
This is not the first time that Raichik has posted fake stories. The account previously broadcast a conspiracy theory about schools leaving litter boxes for students who chose to “identify as cats”.
The Libs of TikTok account was previously run anonymously. That is, until last week, when Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz discovered that Chaya Raichik was behind the account. In the fallout of the report, it was also discovered that Raichik was now funded by right-wing outlet, The Babylon Bee, to run the Libs of TikTok account.
Conservative Raichik supporters criticized basic journalistic tactics Lorenz deployed, such as confirming she had the right information by knocking on doors related to Raichik. If Raichik and the Libs of TikTok account performed similar due diligence, it might have avoided falling in love with a troll and posting a message that resulted in harassing messages being sent to an entire district’s faculty. school.