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Osama Bin Laden’s ‘Letter To America’ Resurfaces on TikTok Amid Israel-Hamas Conflict

Osama bin Laden’s 2002 ‘Letter to America’ has resurfaced on TikTok, sparking a heated debate on the platform. The letter, written a year after the 9/11 attacks, addresses the American people and delves into the reasons behind Al Qaeda’s opposition to the United States. The controversy has led to varied reactions on social media.

Viral Spread on TikTok

Users on TikTok initially shared the letter, leading to over 2 million views under the hashtag #lettertoamerica. TikTok has since removed the hashtag from its search results. The Guardian’s transcript of the letter gained attention after being shared widely, prompting the publication to remove the 21-year-old document from its website.

Content and Debate

Bin Laden’s letter questions the motives behind the conflict between Al Qaeda and the United States. It includes anti-Semitic language, according to NBC News. Social media discussions reflect a range of opinions, with some users re-evaluating their perspectives on U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts. The debate extends to the validity and morality of bin Laden’s message, with varying expressions of sympathy, condemnation, or mockery.

Criticism and Response

Critics argue that the incident highlights potential concerns about TikTok’s role in disseminating controversial content to a young audience. The White House has criticized the sharing of bin Laden’s message, emphasizing the need to avoid associating with the “vile words” of the deceased terrorist leader. Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley called for social media reform and advocated for banning TikTok.

TikTok’s Response

TikTok spokesperson Ben Rathe stated that videos featuring bin Laden’s letter violate the platform’s guidelines. The platform is actively removing such content and investigating its origin. Rathe clarified that the number of videos related to the letter is small, and reports of it trending on TikTok are inaccurate. He also pointed out that the issue extends beyond TikTok and has appeared on multiple platforms and in the media.

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