A decades-old letter of Al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden goes viral on TikTok after some customers posted it on the video sharing platform and re-shared it on X (previously Twitter). TikTok has eliminated the hashtag #lettertoamerica (with over 2 million views) from its search after bin Laden’s 2002 ‘Letter to America’ sparked a debate about US help to Israel in its present battle with Hamas, reported NBC News. Some social media customers advised that the Al Qaeda founder’s doc provides another perspective in regards to the US’ involvement in conflicts within the Center East – one thing that has been criticised by the White Home.
The problem gained prominence after customers began sharing hyperlink to The Guardian’s transcript of the letter, which was written a 12 months after the September 11, 2001 assaults by which greater than 3,000 folks have been killed. The Guardianremoved the 21-year-old letter from its web site.
Within the letter, bin Laden addressed the American folks and sought to reply the next questions: “Why are we combating and opposing you?” and “What are we calling you to, and what do we would like from you?” The letter consists of anti-semitic language, as per NBC Information.
The letter sparked a debate on social media in regards to the validity and morality of bin Laden’s letter, with some expressing sympathy whereas others condemning or mocking it.
Folks discussing the letter stated it brought about them to re-evaluate their beliefs round US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally they stated they don’t seem to be praising or defending bin Laden’s orchestration of the 9/11 assaults.
TikTok’s critics argued that it was proof that the app, owned by the Chinese language tech large ByteDance, had been secretly boosting propaganda to a captive viewers of American youth.
Bin Laden’s letter additionally criticised US help for Israel and accuses the US of aiding the oppression of Palestinian folks. The Al Qaida chief additionally criticised US interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Chechnya and Lebanon, as per The Washington Post.
Bin Laden, who was killed in a US particular operation in Pakistan in 2011.
The White Home has criticised the sharing of the message, saying “nobody ought to ever insult the two,977 American households nonetheless mourning family members by associating themselves with the vile phrases of Osama bin Laden”.
Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is among the many politicians who’ve criticised the letter, calling for social media reform.
“If you take a look at social media, I’ve lengthy stated that now we have to ban TikTok. And should you did not know why, there’s one other instance in the present day,” Ms Haley, a 2024 GOP presidential main candidate, advised Fox Information.
TikTok spokesperson Ben Rathe stated that movies that includes bin Laden’s letter violate the platform’s tips.
“Content material selling this letter clearly violates our guidelines on supporting any type of terrorism. We’re proactively and aggressively eradicating this content material and investigating the way it received onto our platform. The variety of movies on TikTok is small and experiences of it trending on our platform are inaccurate. This isn’t distinctive to TikTok and has appeared throughout a number of platforms and the media,” he stated.