(VitalNews.org) – After a decades-old letter written by Osama bin Laden went viral on social media this month, former South Carolina Gov. and current Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is calling for federal reforms on social media companies.
The GOP primary candidate appeared on Fox News Radio on Nov. 16 and told host Guy Benson that when looking at social media, she’s “long said” that TikTok should be banned.
Haley said that if those listening “didn’t know why” these companies need to be banned, they received another example this month after users began posting a letter by bin Laden from “the week after the 9/11 attack” where the terrorist explained his reasoning for the attack. Haley said that a lot of American children are seeing these posts and “siding with” the point of view that “America deserved” what happened on 9/11.
The letter Haley is referring to is called “Letter to America,” which bin Laden published almost a year after the September 11 attacks. The letter, which tries to justify the killing of American civilians that day, recently went viral online.
Many on social media platforms, such as TikTok, posted videos in response to bin Laden’s decades-old message and expressing support for the Al Qaeda leader’s justification for the terrorist attacks. Users supporting bin Laden’s letter suggested that others read it in the wake of the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by the radical Islamic group Hamas.
The TikTok Policy page on Twitter posted about the situation, stating they “are proactively and aggressively removing” all content supporting the bin Laden letter and “investigating” how the content “got onto” the platform.
Haley also called for ending anonymity online, which some of her fellow candidates pushed back on as a violation of the First Amendment, such as Vivek Ramaswamy, who noted that Founding Fathers James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton wrote the Federalist Papers anonymously. Haley has since walked back the claim.
Ramaswamy also criticized Haley’s call to ban TikTok, noting during the last GOP presidential debate that Haley’s daughter uses the platform. Haley responded by calling Ramaswamy “scum” and telling him not to mention her daughter.
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