The letter written in 2002 by Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda, the organizer of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, came to the agenda again during the Gaza war. In that letter, bin Laden, who was killed in a U.S. operation in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, criticized U.S. policies and argued that American citizens had become "slaves" of the Jews.
While Bin Laden's "Letter to America" broke sharing records on TikTok, The Guardian newspaper removed the link to the letter. The hashtag #lettertoamerica of the letter, whose videos TikTok banned, was removed from the search engine. According to the New York Times, the hashtag on TikTok was searched about 14.2 million times.
After reading Bin Laden's letter, certain TikTok users contended that his criticism of the U.S. was justified. Users expressed sentiments like "I can never look at the U.S. in the same way anymore" and "He realized that the U.S. is the scourge of the world."
Another TikTok user said, "After reading Osama bin Laden's Letter to America, I realized that everything we learned about the Middle East and terrorism was a lie. Now I am trying to return to normal life."
The statement by White House Deputy Spokesperson Andrew Bates emphasized that no one should associate themselves with Osama bin Laden's words and insult the 2,977 American families mourning their loved ones. The statement also highlighted that Hamas militants committed the worst massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, and there can be no justification for spreading bin Laden's views.