As Dana Carvey, in his “church lady” days on “Saturday Night Live,” used to put it: how convenient.
The website Internet Archive, more commonly known as the Wayback Machine, has scrubbed from its database the Twitter account of Washington Post hit lady Taylor Lorenz, according to the conservative news site CNSNews.com.
During an appearance on MSNBC earlier this month, Lorenz, who reportedly covers the tech industry, broke down sobbing when she recalled how internet trolls sought to “destroy” her life for things she had written. Their vicious attacks left her with PTSD and contemplating suicide, she claimed.
Then, this week, Lorenz seemingly had recovered from her PTSD bouts and suicidal tendencies, as she visited Florida on a mission to do what she faulted others for doing – and what the Post pays her to do: “Exposing” the previously anonymous woman behind the conservative Libs of Tik Tok account, a move that was intended to bring the account holder before the lib mob and silence her, or worse.
After social media learned what Lorenz was up to this week, the predictable move by some was to expose Lorenz for the left-wing hypocrite that she is. But there was a snag.
As CNSNews reported Wednesday, the Wayback Machine had apparently “excluded from its database screenshots of the Twitter account of Washington Post columnist Taylor Lorenz, after Lorenz doxxed the identity and location of an individual who poked fun at leftists on Twitter.”
“When users attempted on Tuesday to view screenshots of Lorenz’s Twitter account as it appeared on past days and at past times using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, the website returned the message ‘Sorry. This URL has been excluded from the Wayback Machine.’”
“This exclusion prevents journalists and others from viewing tweets that Lorenz may have deleted,” CNSNews noted.
The outlet noted that the Wayback Machine proudly proclaims that its mission is to “provide universal access to all knowledge.”
Yet there is a caveat.
The site says its users “can send an email request for us to review to email@example.com with the URL (web address) in the text of your message” and obtain an exclusion from the website.
The Wayback Machine does not explain what criteria is evaluated to grant an exclusion. Lorenz also did not respond to a request for comment about whether she sought the exclusion.
But it seemed Lorenz has plenty to hide.
CNSNews reported that while her previous tweets were hidden by the Wayback Machine, another digital library service called archive.ph revealed that as of Nov. 10, 2020, Lorenz had posted nearly 17,000 tweets.
Yet her current Twitter profile now indicates less than 3,500, which CNSNews posited, suggests “she has previously deleted numerous tweets.”
CNSNews asked the Wayback Machine why it removed Lorenz from its database, when that decision was made, and how long her past Twitter activity would be inaccessible.
The group never responded.