Osama bin Laden’s letter was published in 2002 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and in it the al-Qaeda chief tried to justify his terrorist act that killed 3,000 people in the US.
A day after a video praising slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s letter to Americans appeared on the social media platform, TikTok started removing it and disabled the hashtag ‘LetterToAmerica’ from its search list. The action came after the Chinese video-sharing platform faced a massive backlash and calls for it to be banned in the United States.
Osama bin Laden’s letter was published in 2002 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and in it the al-Qaeda chief tried to justify his terrorist act that killed 3,000 people in the US. Twenty-one years after it was first published, Gen Z TikTokers discovered ‘Letter to the American people’ by Osama bin Laden, seemingly agreeing with the dreaded terrorist. In May 2011, Osama was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan in an operation by US SEALs.
The Osama letter videos went viral across all social media platforms with thousands of TikTok users creating and sharing their clips in a single day. There was widespread outrage among Americans after videos supporting Osama bin Laden’s views went viral. Former UN Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for a ban on TikTok, saying the Chinese Communist Party should be cut off from access to influence Americans. Nikki Haley tweeted using the hashtag #BanTikTok that thousands of TikTok users are supporting Osama bin Laden, who killed 3,000 Americans.