Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America” recently went viral on TikTok, sparking debates among a new generation about the Israel-Hamas war and the U.S.’s role in the Middle East. The letter’s content, which attempted to justify the 9/11 attacks and criticized American foreign policy, led TikTok to remove posts promoting it for violating rules against supporting terrorism.
- Viral on TikTok: Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” initially published two decades ago, has found a new audience on TikTok, with users discussing its content in relation to current events in the Middle East.
- Controversial Content: The letter, which attempted to justify the 9/11 terror attacks, resonates with some TikTok users regarding current U.S. foreign policy and the Israel-Hamas conflict.
- Platform’s Response: TikTok stated that promoting the letter violates their policy against supporting terrorism and have been actively removing such content.
- Limited Spread: Despite reports of the letter trending, TikTok asserts that the videos were not widespread and appeared on multiple platforms, not just theirs.
- The Guardian’s Removal: The Guardian, which had published a translated copy of the letter in 2002, removed it from their site to redirect readers to more contextualized news articles.