Social media platforms Instagram and TikTok determined to crack down on Osama bin Laden’s 2002 letter justifying the Sept. 11, 2001 assaults on the World Commerce Heart and the Pentagon after it went viral Wednesday night.
Customers have been studying the letter on Chinese language Communist Occasion (CCP)-linked TikTok and giving optimistic reactions to it, posting #LetterToAmerica, journalist Christina Buttons reported on X — previously Twitter. Instagram hid the hashtag #LetterToAmerica whereas TikTok asserted this content material breaches its guidelines on supporting terrorism and took down the hashtag on Thursday. (RELATED: TikTok Mum or dad Firm ‘Screens’ And ‘Suppresses’ Posts About Trump, Uyghurs: REPORT)
“Content material selling this letter clearly violates our guidelines on supporting any type of terrorism,” TikTok stated. “We’re proactively and aggressively eradicating this content material and investigating the way it obtained onto our platform.”
When trying to find the letter now, outcomes do no not present up on the platform, in response to Reuters.
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 obtained onto our platform. The variety of movies on TikTok is small and experiences of it trending on our… https://t.co/n9Zo7l94r2
— TikTok Coverage (@TikTokPolicy) November 16, 2023
Movies urged individuals to learn the letter or agreed with bin Laden’s perceptions of Israel and the U.S., gaining many hundreds of views on social media, in response to Semafor. TikTok and Instagram expertise analogous content material on their platforms, together with customers sharing posts from TikTok on Instagram.
TikTok has not too long ago confronted criticism as a result of anti-Israel content material proliferating on the platform through the Israel-Hamas Conflict, and due to its connections to the CCP. Beijing-based ByteDance owns the platform and has an inner CCP committee.
“Now trending on social media (particularly TikTok) individuals saying that after studying Bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America,’ they now perceive terrorism is a official methodology of resistance in opposition to ‘oppression’ and America deserved to be attacked of 9/11,” Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida posted on X.
Media outlet The Guardian deleted the letter Wednesday after it had been up on the positioning because it was printed on Nov. 24, 2002.
U.S. Navy SEALs killed bin Laden in a raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Could 1, 2011.
TikTok, Instagram and Meta didn’t instantly reply to the Day by day Caller Information Basis’s request for remark.
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