RELATED: Son of 9/11 victim calls out TikTokers fawning over bin Laden’s letter
The son of a man who died in the 9/11 attacks said it is ‘hard to watch’ TikTok users fawning over Osama Bin Laden’s letter to America as he called for Americans to be ‘reeducated.’ Brett Eagleson (pictured left) was just 15 when his father, Bruce Eagleson, perished inside the World Trade Center. He has since dedicated his life to campaigning for justice in the wake of the terror attacks. The 37-year-old has become the latest high-profile figure to condemn online users re-sharing the Al Qaeda leader’s letter, which he used to justify the September 11 attack.
RELATED: TikTok removes hashtag for Osama bin Laden’s ‘Letter to America’ after viral videos circulate
The Guardian also pulled the text of the Al Qaeda founder’s letter from its website after people cited it on TikTok and X.
Published November 16, 2023
TikTok removed the hashtag #lettertoamerica from its search function after videos about Osama bin Laden’s 2002 “Letter to America” went viral on the platform and were re-uploaded to the social media platform X. Some social media users suggested that the Al Qaeda founder’s document gives an alternative perspective about the U.S.’ involvement in conflicts in the Middle East.
Throughout the week, TikTok users had been sharing the link to The Guardian’s transcript of bin Laden’s letter, which was written about a year after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in the U.S. The Guardian took the letter down from its website Wednesday.
In the letter, bin Laden addressed the American people and sought to answer the following questions: “Why are we fighting and opposing you?” and “What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you?” The letter includes antisemitic language and homophobic rhetoric.
The virality of the letter has reignited criticism of the platform, which is owned by China’s ByteDance. The app has faced mounting scrutiny in the last year as the U.S. and other countries argue it poses a threat to national security. Since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel, critics of the app have alleged that it is using its influence to push content that is anti-Israel and contrary to U.S. foreign policy interests. TikTok has said the allegations of bias are baseless.
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