Sabotage? Libs Of TikTok Stripe Account Disabled and Funds Frozen

Former president Donald Trump’s back-to-back court losses may be having a sort of ripple effect on the far right, making them a little jumpy. The popular conservative account Libs of TikTok blasted payment service provider Stripe on X Thursday for disabling their account, warning X owner Elon Musk that Stripe “will just disable accounts if they don’t like your views.”

“Libs of TikTok is basically acting as a wire service for the broader right-wing media ecosystem,” as it was once described by Ari Drennen, LGBTQ program director for Media Matters, in a Washington Post article that revealed a Brooklyn-based real estate salesperson named Chaya Raichik was the brains behind the account.

Raichik is a popular right-wing influencer propped up by the likes of Musk, Ben Shapiro, and Tucker Carlson. Her posts often target the LGBTQ+ community and spread disinformation. She was most recently accused of inspiring bomb threats against a school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Karen she pulled on Stripe was picked up by others on X, where she has about 2.8 million followers, and branded as the left’s attempt to deplatform her.

Shortly after, Raichik updated that the problem had been fixed: “Took 30 minutes. All thanks to the backlash on X. I really tried handling this internally before blasting them. Thank you all. Thank you X.” 

What she forgot to say was that it was a simple issue where a typo caused confusion that made Stripe disable her account. This was later clarified by Edwin Wee, Stripe’s head of community communications, who said “The issue was the card statement descriptor was set as ‘TikTok’. Card networks found this confusing. Now that the descriptor’s been updated, payouts have been re-enabled.”

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