An NBC reporter who criticized the Libs of TikTok Twitter account for reporting on transgender surgery for minors at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) also wrote an article in 2019 in which she appears to take credit for the deletion through Facebook accounts of private pedophile sting groups.
The efforts of Brandy Zadrozny, one of NBC’s “disinformation” reporters, follow an almost identical pattern in both cases. First, identify something perceived to be far-right online that highlights or covers up a contentious, questionable, or possibly even criminal issue. Then present the subjects of the cover as victims of “harassment”. Source of public outrage, or “harassment campaign”, at the cover itself, rather than the contentious, questionable, or criminal behavior of the subject. Contact big tech companies and warn them that these groups are operating on their platforms.
Zadrozny reported that TikTok’s Libs and journalist Christopher Rufo, who tweeted videos that Boston Children’s Hospital produced and publicly posted promoting puberty blockers for kids, were directing “waves of harassment at older kids.” hospital accounts. The hospital offers surgeries to artificially construct a penis from a girl’s vagina, breast removal and ‘facial harmonization’ to ‘eligible’ patients, which include ‘adolescents and young adults’, according to the hospital website. A review of publicly available records by the Daily Caller News Foundation found doctors at the medical facility had performed at least 65 mastectomies on biological women between the ages of 15 and 18. Since the backlash, Boston Children’s Hospital has changed its policy on vaginoplasties. from 17 to 18 years old.
Boston Children’s Hospital did not respond to a request for comment.
NBC News left-wing activist @BrandyZadrozny claims that my tweet sharing the *publicly available video* of a multi-billion dollar medical institution “aims at a children’s hospital”.
No: it is subjecting their policies and actions to public scrutiny, that is, doing journalism. pic.twitter.com/H9iIWAdHvU
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) August 17, 2022
— Libs from TikTok (@libsoftiktok) August 11, 2022
The outcome of Zadrozny’s reporting speaks for itself: Libs of TikTok’s reporting arrived on Monday, Zadrozny’s on NBC News on Tuesday, and Facebook locked Libs of TikTok’s page on Wednesday. The usual suspects took a victory lap after the news broke. Zadrozny’s colleague at NBC’s disinformation desk, Ben Collins, said Facebook had “nuked” the account, calling the negative coverage a “campaign” against BCH. Alejandra Caraballo, a transgender lawyer who specializes lately in on line censorship and works at the aptly named “Cyber Law Center” at Harvard, explicitly encouraged Twitter Do the same thing. And influential trans activist Erin Reid, digital director of Democratic fundraiser Act Blue, yelled“TWITTER MUST FOLLOW or he’ll be complicit in what’s to come.”
Michael Morris, editor of Free Speech America and Business at the Media Research Center, says it’s increasingly common for the far left to label speech they disagree with as “violent.” purpose of silencing the opposition.
“If you don’t agree with the left narrative, the left and the big left in the media will come out and try to silence your opinion, or at the very least try to change the narrative to fit whatever they want,” Morris told the Daily. Caller.
The harassment campaign against Twitter has so far not worked, and Facebook has since the restoration of the Libs of TikTok account.
The case of POPSquad in 2019 corresponds to an identical playbook.
In January of that year, Zadrozny reported that anti-pedophile groups were making alleged pedophiles victims of “shame” and “cyberbullying”. Zadrozny’s article profiles 20-year-old Alain Malcolm, a suspected pedophile, who was going on a date with a 14-year-old boy he had met online for sex. After the anti-pedophile group Prey on Predators (POPSquad) confronted him, promising to expose his behavior to the public, Malcolm returned home and killed himself. (RELATED: ‘Terrorism’: Trans activists push for censorship of discussions of children’s gender changes)
Zadrozny complained in the article that anti-pedophile groups receive hundreds of thousands of likes and follows on Facebook.
“Facebook is a key part of group strategy,” Zadrozny wrote.
“Following an investigation by NBC News, Facebook temporarily suspended several predator hunter accounts, deleted some individual posts, and removed at least one group entirely,” Zadrozny wrote in the post. “Some groups intentionally deleted their own pages to escape what they saw as a purge. POPSquad seemed unaffected.
While not explicitly calling for a ban in public, Zadrozny’s reporting in this case follows the general pattern of NBC’s “disinformation” bureau: portraying Facebook as essential to the group’s power, then claiming that the group causes harm in the real world, and repeat the statement several times. times until the platform capitulates.
Facebook did not respond to the caller’s request for comment.
Zadrozny’s private emails could be more explicit, but NBC was unwilling to be transparent about how she communicated with them. An NBC executive did not respond to the caller’s repeated requests to release Zadrozny’s 2019 email correspondence with Facebook.
In since-deleted tweets accessed by the caller via the WayBack Machine, Zadrozny posted the story at the time of publication, highlighting portions that referenced Facebook’s role in the anti-pedophile groups platform.
Collins tweeted the story when it dropped in 2019, pointing to a part of the article where Zadrozny quotes a Wesleyan University professor who indicted the platform, saying, “These kind of stories, visceral and violent, are more likely to be shared on Facebook.”
“These kinds of stories, visceral and violent, are more likely to be shared on Facebook.” https://t.co/eP5z7JDZhY pic.twitter.com/TUVN9uH6Xt
—Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 2, 2019
Zadrozny retweeted Collins’ thread.
Despite their enthusiastic promotion of the story, public reaction to Zadrozny’s reporting was much less warm. Users criticized his reporting for seemingly condoning the crimes of paedophiles, calling him out for appearing to encourage social media platforms to censor the story.
In neither case, Libs of TikTok nor POPSquad, Zadrozny included an independent voice willing to champion their efforts.
Joseph A. Travers, private investigator and chairman emeritus of Saved In America, a group of former Navy SEALS and law enforcement officers that locates victims of human trafficking and violent pedophiles, told the caller that groups like POPSquad are good, “as long as they’re working with or in coordination with law enforcement.
“Because there’s no point in doing that, then the person leaves and there’s no punishment. And it improves in their [the pedophile’s] mind, ‘oh, I can get away with it,'” Travers said.
While working at Saved In America, Travers also noticed suspicious Facebook activity regarding the organization’s follower count.
“When we started and as we ramp up, Facebook followers started to hit the thousands, right? But all of a sudden it stopped, and we know that this is not because there are no more followers,” Travers said.
Travers told the caller that pedophiles who are “shamed” or “bullied” online because of their predatory behavior are anything but innocent victims.
“If you try to go after and rape someone’s son or daughter, well, you’ve brought about your own intimidation and your own shame,” he said.
Anti-pedophile groups have uncovered alleged criminal activity by high profile individuals in the past. An official from Meta, the parent company of Facebook, was caught discussing alleged sexually explicit texts with a person who said he was a 13-year-old boy, after a undercover operation of Predator Catchers Indianapolis. A Sony senior vice president is under investigation after he allegedly tried to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex, according to a YouTube video posted by anti-pedophile group People v. Preds, CNET reported.
Activist James Lindsay, who was suspended from Twitter in August after an apparent Media Matters harassment campaign and repeated reports on his Caraballo account, told the caller: “The playbook needs to be exposed for it to stop. to work”.
“It’s a dishonest and frankly dangerous tactic that has been repeated over and over again, and it’s high time we started acknowledging and condemning it,” Lindsay said. “Twitter certainly doesn’t have the principles to do that, of course, and I hope their shareholders try to get them back on track before it costs them.”
Left-wing activists, however, say accounts such as Libs of TikTok pose a direct threat of harm to LGBT people.
“Accounts like Libs of Tiktok have engaged in serious demonization [sic] of LGBTQ people”, Caraballo tweeted Wednesday. Carabello then echoed Zadrozny’s reporting, shifting the source of outrage from hospital policies to the people who reported it.
“These accounts are demonizing and dehumanizing [sic] their targets while simultaneously using violent imagery and rhetoric. They deny any resulting violence or the effects of their actions,” Caraballo said. continued.
The day after his Libs of TikTok story, Zadrozny questioned on Twitter whether social media companies would “protect” those who are “targeted” by right-wing reporting techniques.
“Will this change the way social media companies protect users or people targeted through their platforms? I don’t think so,” Zadrozny wrote.