Ahead of the release of her first children’s book, Chaya Raichik, the former Brooklyn real estate agent behind anti-LGBTQ+ social media account Libs of TikTok, has been kicked off of Slack, a workplace communication and productivity platform.
Raichik has risen to prominence on the far right recently, amassing over 1.9 million followers on Twitter thanks to her posts falsely accusing LGBTQ+ people and their allies of “grooming” children for abuse. As Media Matters’ LGBTQ+ program director Ari Drennen noted in a recent tweet, she has “helped set off the moral panic that has led to countless LGBTQ people being falsely accused of ‘grooming’ kids.”
Unsurprisingly, her new children’s book deals with similar themes.
No More Secrets: The Candy Cavern tells the story of Rose, a lamb whose second-grade teacher, a literal wolf in sheep’s clothing, pressures her to eat candy and cakes rather than teaching her. According to a description on the website of the book’s publisher, Brave Books, “Rose must decide whether to keep secrets from her parents or to listen to her teacher.”
Aimed at 4–8-year-olds, the book, Raichik says, is meant to help kids and parents spot predators. As she told The New York Post recently, she sees No More Secrets as a continuation of the “work” she’s doing on social media.
“I wanted to do the next step, which is to give parents and children a tool that they can use to actually be able to spot predatory behavior,” she said. “This book basically teaches children that if there is a trusted adult or an authority who’s telling you to keep secrets from your parents… then that is a big red flag.”
Clearly, it’s important for young kids to understand when adults are actually behaving inappropriately toward them. But Raichik’s comments about the book echo the recent moral panic around kids who socially transition at school while choosing not to tell their parents about it.
Raichik’s publisher, Brave Books, describes itself as “the antidote to woke culture lies.” They also publish former teen actor and Christian conservative activist Kirk Cameron’s children’s books, a book by anti-LGBTQ+ broadcaster Steven Crowder, as well as a recent anti-trans picture book Elephants Are Not Birds.
Recently, Raichik has been parlaying her social media notoriety into greater fame, appearing in her first-ever televised interview with Fox Nation host Tucker Carlson last December.
Meanwhile, Raichik was reportedly permanently banned from Slack, a widely-used workplace messaging program, over the weekend.
On Saturday, Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon tweeted a screenshot of the following message allegedly from Slack: “We are writing to let you know that we have suspended your workspace, lott-chat.com.com, for violations of our Acceptable Use Policy. As highlighted in Slack’s Acceptable Use Policy, Slack may exercise its right to suspend or terminate your access.”
Raichik claimed, via her Libs of TikTok account, that Slack “is angry that an account is working to protect childhood innocence by educating people about mutilation surgeries, porn in schools, and inappropriate adult entertainment being presented to kids.”
The Daily Dot reports that Slack declined to comment on Raichik’s suspension. The company merely directed the outlet to a blog post outlining Slack’s policies concerning hatred and violence.
“Use of Slack by those who engage in or incite hateful activity runs counter to everything we believe in and is not welcome on our platform,” the post reads. “When we become aware of an organization using Slack for illegal, violent, harmful, discriminatory, or other prohibited purposes, we investigate swiftly and take appropriate action, including removing workspaces that violate our policy.”
Last year, Raichik’s posts pedaling misinformation about Boston Children’s Hospital’s Gender Multispecialty Service program and Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C led to multiple bomb threats at both facilities, as well as death threats targeting doctors.