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Jewish celebrities blasted TikTok after a surge of viral anti-Semitic content on the platform surfaced following the Hamas terrorists attacks on Israel that resulted in the deaths of more than 1,200 people.
Amy Schumer, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Debra Messing were just a few of the more than two dozen influential people who called out executives of the social media platform for comments like, “Hitler was right,” or “I hope you end up like Anne Frank,” The New York Times reported.
“What is happening at TikTok is it is creating the biggest antisemitic movement since the Nazis,” Cohen said in the 90-minute video call.
“Shame on you,” he added, stating that TikTok could “flip a switch” to stop it.
“If you think back to Oct. 7, the reason why Hamas were able to behead young people and rape women was they were fed images from when they were small kids that led them to hate,” the “Borat” star continued.
One executive tried to claim phrases like, “from the river to the sea,” just meant different things to different people, suggesting some used it “casually.” But Messing pushed back.
“It is much more responsible to bar it at this juncture than to say, ‘Oh, well, some people, they use it in a different way than it actually was created to mean,'” the “Will and Grace” star said. “I understand that you are in a very, very difficult and complicated place, but you also are the main platform for the dissemination of Jew hate.”
One anti-Semitic video that went viral recently on the platform involved a “Letter To America” from Osama bin Laden written in 2002, the man behind the September 11 terrorist attacks, and young people showing support for him.
TikTok has since deleted the video that sought to justify the horrors of that day when nearly 3,000 Americans were murdered, The Hollywood Reporter noted.
“We recognize this is an incredibly difficult and fearful time for millions of people around the world and in our TikTok community,” the company said. “Our leadership has been meeting with creators, civil society, human rights experts and stakeholders to listen to their experiences and feedback on how TikTok can remain a place for community, discovery and sharing authentically.”