Libs of TikTok Founder Appointed to Oklahoma’s Dept of Education
Despite Raichik having no experience in education, a top official in Oklahoma’s Department of Education, Ryan Walters, highlighted Raichik for calling out the “radical left” and its “woke indoctrination.”
Chaiya Raichik, the once-anonymous, now-infamous founder of “Libs of TikTok,” was appointed to the library media advisory committee for Oklahoma’s Department of Education. Despite Raichik having no experience in education, a top official in Oklahoma’s Department of Education, Ryan Walters, highlighted Raichik for calling out the “radical left” and its “woke indoctrination.”
Raichik made a name for herself in 2021, when she began doxxing LGBTQIA+ educators, whom she alleged were grooming and indoctrinating children, via her social media account Libs of TikTok. Her X account now has more than 2.5 million followers and her commentary has branched out to include everything from LGBTQIA+ rights to undocumented immigration.
Her rise to prominence started anonymously. Prior to the success of Libs of TikTok, she tried out different handles on X, including @cuomomustgo, where she urged the resignation of then-NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and @houseplantpotus, where she attempted to parody President Joe Biden. She eventually landed on @libsoftiktok, which vowed to serve its loyal base of followers “cringe” content from liberals.
Libs of TikTok grew quickly, and Raichik found supporters in famous conservative faces like Joe Rogan and Donald Trump Jr. Her actual TikTok account was permanently banned for its anti-LGBTQIA+ messaging. In April 2022, her anonymity was broken following an exposé from the Washington Post. She first appeared in public in December 2022 on Tucker Carlson’s primetime FOX News program.
Since then, Libs of TikTok has made doxxing LGBTQIA+ educators its bread and butter, finding obscure videos of teachers or administrators and spreading their information. Raichik also came under increased fire for digging up videos of these teachers’ and administrators’ private lives and misrepresenting them. Videos of teachers expressing and talking about their LGBTQIA+ lifestyles were frequently misrepresented to fit Raichik’s notion that children were being groomed in schools.
The effects of Raichik’s doxxing have gone far beyond replies on X. Last August, a school in California was evacuated following a series of bomb threats, after Raichik posted about it on X. In November, she went after a school in Iowa when a teacher there joked about forcing kids to be gay. That school had to up its security after a barrage of threats.
In his announcement, Walters painted Raichik’s past as an asset to Oklahoma parents saying, “Because of her work, families across the country know just what is going on in schools around the country.” Oklahoma’s largest teachers union lambasted the move, saying that while the state has thousands of qualified applicants, Walters chose to appoint “an out-of-state political actor with no expertise is appointed to OSDE’s Library Media Advisory Committee.”
While this is Raichik’s first appointment to a policy post, she is expected to continue advocating for book bans and the removal of LGBTQIA+ themes and acceptance from classrooms — albeit now presumably with a whole lot more power.