A famous UK newspaper site made an unusual move Wednesday by deleting a 21-year-old letter written by Osama bin Laden from their site after several TikTokers urged followers to read the al Qaeda leader’s missive.
The Guardian deleted bin Laden’s “Letter to America” as it had gone viral on TikTok after users of the social media platform encouraged their followers to read the letter.
The page now displays a message that says: “This page previously displayed a document containing, in translation, the full text of Osama bin Laden’s ‘Letter to the American people,’ as reported in the Observer on Sunday 24 November 2002.
“The document, which was published here on the same day, was removed on 15 November 2023.”
According to TheWrap, a spokesperson for the British paper said: “The transcript published on our website 20 years ago has been widely shared on social media without the full context.
“Therefore we have decided to take it down and direct readers to the news article that originally contextualised it instead.”