Removing Osama bin Laden’s viral Letter to America videos with vigor on TikTok

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“Proactively and aggressively removing” content that contains links to Osama Bin Laden’s “Letter to America” from 2002, which explains the former Al-Qaeda leader’s motivations for attacks against Americans, according to TikTok.

Removing Osama bin Laden’s viral Letter to America videos with vigor on TikTok. Amidst the ongoing discourse surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict, discussions on the 20-year-old letter have increased on the website this week, with some Western users praising its contents.

Composed after the nearly 3,000-person assault on United States soil by Al-Qaeda, the letter contained discriminatory comments, levied allegations that the United States financed the “oppression” of Palestinians, and condemned American support for Israel.

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A US military special operations squad eliminated Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.

TikTok stated, “Content endorsing this letter unequivocally contravenes our policies prohibiting the endorsement of terrorism in any form.” The platform refuted claims that the letter was “trending” on its interface.

“This is not unique to TikTok and has appeared across multiple platforms and the media,” it stated, further stating that it is “investigating how it got onto our platform.”

A search for “Letter to America” on TikTok on Thursday yielded no results and an alert indicating that the term may be associated with “content that violates our guidelines.” Before Thursday’s announcement, a handful of US legislators had reaffirmed their calls for the prohibition of the Chinese-owned application.

Representative Josh Gottheimer, a Democrat, stated on Wednesday that TikTok was “influencing Americans with pro-terrorist propaganda” via X, formerly Twitter.

The Guardian removed the complete text of Bin Laden’s letter from 2002 on Wednesday. According to the news organization’s website, visitors would be redirected to the news article that initially published the letter because the letter was circulating on social media without the full context.

According to it, “This page previously displayed a document containing the full text of Osama Bin Laden’s ‘letter to the American people’, translated. The Observer reported this letter on Sunday, November 24, 2002. “

“Without the full context, the transcript published on our website was widely disseminated on social media.” As a result, we have decided to remove the content and reroute readers to the news article that initially provided the necessary context.

As per a previous declaration from TikTok, since October 7, the company has removed hundreds of thousands of videos for infractions of regulations prohibiting the dissemination of fraudulent information and the promotion of violence.