Two years ago, Claira Janover lost a job offer at Deloitte after a TikTok went viral.
Janover told Insider that far-right Trump supporters doxxed and harassed her for an “All Lives Matter” analogy.
Although Janover said she was unhappy with the experience, it gave her new opportunities and perspective.
When Claira Janover shared a TikTok with her more than 250,000 followers on “All Live Matters” arguments, she didn’t expect the short video to blow her world away.
Jannover, 24 years old, was raised to be outspoken, especially on issues of social justice and equality. But after being doxxed online and losing a job offer, Janover said she was “completely against the idea of becoming a public figure on the internet again.”
“I grew up with a very politically active mother. She was a labor organizer, a history teacher at a public high school who taught African American studies and women’s and gender studies,” Janover told Insider. “I grew up going to the polls and going to community meetings. And I had protested with my mother at a young age, and then all in high school and university, I attended the demonstrations.”
In the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests, Janover made a TikTok video posting comments proclaiming “All Lives Matter,” a term created in response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
The video didn’t receive a largely negative response – at first.
Far-right political activist Jack Posobiec tweeted a response to a separate TikTok video of Janover playing a conversation with a hypothetical Trump supporter. In the video, she said Trump voters were “implicitly homophobic, transphobic and xenophobic,” Insider previously reported.
“Leftists are now having imaginary conversations with themselves instead of talking to real Trump supporters,” Posobiec said in the tweet with a link to the clip.
Janover said Posobiec’s tweet led people to her TikTok and to a different video about “All Lives Matter,” which she made about a month earlier. In the video, she compared “All Lives Matter” and Black Lives Matter to someone who has a paper cut and someone who has been stabbed.
“The next person with the nerve – pure Caucasian – to say ‘All Lives Matter’, I’m going to stab you,” Janover said in the video. “I’m gonna stab you. And while you’re bleeding, I’m gonna show you my paper cut and say ‘my cut matters too,'” Janover joked in the video.
Janover told Insider that people started sending him death and rape threats. Online users began tagging his employers and demanding that he be fired. Some believed Janover’s message threatened violence and demanded that she be held accountable, she said.
His TikTok video on “All Lives Matter” was meant to be satirical and hyperbolic and was never intended to promote violence, Janover said.
“I was getting tens of thousands of really hateful messages that were really preposterous. And then they turned into death threats and rape threats,” she said.
After her address was shared online, Janover said she used an alias to move to another secure building.
An online user tagged her employers in posts calling for her to be fired
At the time, she was a student at Harvard University and had a job offer with Deloitte. Janover told Insider that, as she faced a whirlwind of online interactions, she sent a “very long and very explicit email” to the company explaining what happened online.
Janover said she was living with a friend’s family at the time and as online harassment increased, more people began tagging Deloitte in posts. His friends’ parents advised him to “get ahead”.
“I was like, ‘I’m sorry if this name is associated with you because of my LinkedIn profile which also went viral,’ she said. ‘And I wanted to assure them that I was not inciting any form of violence .”
Janover said she emailed Deloitte’s human resources department with photos of the death threats she received, threatening messages sent to her late mother’s Facebook account and Nazi propaganda memes disseminated about it. Janover said the threats and comments she received were also tied to her identity as an Asian-American woman.
“Those messages weren’t just – ‘I hate you. I’m going to come and kill you and your family”, which was most of the time – but most of the time it was also a thorough description of other ways they would attack me – sexual violence , rape and gang bang. So that’s something that I know none of those messages would have been sent to a straight man,” she said.
Deloitte responded to her email asking her to join a Zoom call, where she said she was told the company “cannot have someone work for us who, in any form either endorses or promotes violence, even if it was satirical.”
Although she attempted to clarify her comments and the backlash, the job offer was rescinded. The call, she said, lasted less than a minute.
She moved on and walked away from social media
Janover, who grew up with a single mother who died in 2019 of cancer, and an only child said she found the strength to carry on despite the threats because she had no one else to fear. However, she noticed that it was starting to feel isolated as some friends kept their distance from her for safety reasons.
Two years later, Janover says she feels more secure. She has since graduated from Harvard and worked for President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.
“It was a very crazy whirlwind time. And then I ended up working full-time with the Biden administration for their 2020 campaign in California. So I was based with the California Dems and then I was working with Gen Z for Change, which is now its own really amazing organization,” she said.
Despite the personal attacks she faced, Janover said she was able to contribute to work that was close to her heart. But when her TikTok account was hacked in December 2020, she never attempted to reopen it.
“I was so excited to not be a content creator anymore,” Janover said.
Instead, she spent her time in the countryside with her extended family in Wyoming. Time spent outdoors and outdoors influenced the classes she was taking in the spring of 2021 as she finished her degree from Harvard. Janover said she ended up applying for and receiving travel grants for the remainder of 2021.
“I think it gave me the ability to step back that I don’t think I would have had or really thought of as a possibility or a reality if I hadn’t had that ability to to be broken and to be rebuilt,” Janover said. said.
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