A number of Jewish celebrities recently blasted the massive spread of antisemitism via TikTok during a private video call with the social platform’s executives and employees, according to the New York Times.
Antisemitism has exploded on social media since the Hamas invasion and massacre of 1,200 Israelis on Oct. 7 and the subsequent ongoing war between Hamas terrorists and the Israel Defense Forces in the Gaza Strip.
Sacha Baron Cohen, Amy Schumer, Debra Messing were among the Jewish stars who participated in the TikTok video meeting, along with TikTok creator Miriam Ezagui
TikTok senior officials Adam Presser and Seth Melnick, both Jewish, also participated in the video call that focused on antisemitism and how to combat its spread online.
“What is happening at TikTok is it is creating the biggest antisemitic movement since the Nazis,” Cohen stated.
The British Jewish actor, who is known worldwide for his comedic roles as “Borat” and “The Dictator, has used satire as a vehicle to address the serious issue of anti-Jewish bigotry.
“Shame on you”, an angry Cohen reportedly told Presser.
In addition, Jewish TikTok video creators have recently been harassed with antisemitic comments such as “Hitler was right” and “I hope you end up like Anne Frank.”
“Obviously a lot of what Sacha says – there’s truth to that,” Presser admitted.
Jewish actress, Messing, who appeared on stage at the March for Israel event in Washington, D.C. last week, also criticized TikTok for enabling the spread of Jew-hatred online.
“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,” Messing allegedly said during the meeting.
Jewish celebrities, excluding Cohen, had addressed their concerns about the spread of antisemitism on TikTok in an open letter that argued the online platform “is not safe for Jewish users.”
“Simply put, TikTok lacks critical safety features to protect Jewish content creators and the broader Jewish TikTok community, leaving us in digital and physical danger,” the letter warns.
“This hate and vitriol is not rare, spontaneous or unexpected. Sadly, rampant antisemitism is a common problem that TikTok has failed to address for far too long,” the letter concludes.
Bin Laden’s “Letter to America,” which the late Al Qaeda terror leader penned in 2002, recently went viral on TikTok and provoked many responses in the U.S., as the letter is filled with discredited antisemitic conspiracy theories about alleged Jewish world domination.
“The Jews have taken control of your economy, through which they have then taken control of your media, and now control all aspects of your life making you their servants and achieving their aims at your expense,” Bin Laden’s letter states.
TikTok banned the promotion of Bin Laden’s antisemitic letter on its platform.
While not explicitly mentioning antisemitism, TikTok signaled, in a recent statement, that many of its users are facing challenging times.
“We recognize this is an incredibly difficult and fearful time for millions of people around the world and in our TikTok community,” the social media platform stated.
“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,” TikTok added.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.