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IACC Rescinds Invitation to TikTok to its 2024 Annual Conference

November 20, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

We recently made the decision to rescind our invitation to TikTok to participate in the IACC 2024 Annual Conference focused on intellectual property protection. This decision comes in light of TikTok’s ineffective content moderation policies.

Recently, videos on TikTok emerged sharing a letter from Osama bin Laden, attempting to justify the 9/11 attacks. This content has drawn widespread criticism, including remarks from the White House. While TikTok states it is actively removing such posts, the IACC remains concerned about the platform’s effectiveness in managing harmful content.

The memory of 9/11 is a solemn one, etched into the collective consciousness of the United States and the world. The brave first responders who rushed into danger, the innocent civilians who tragically lost their lives, and the countless individuals who have suffered from illnesses related to their exposure to toxic materials at Ground Zero deserve nothing less than our utmost respect and honor. To see influencers on TikTok expressing sympathy for Osama bin Laden and justifying terrorism as a form of resistance is not only deeply disturbing but also deeply personal for many.

Such narratives, under the guise of free expression, can perpetuate harm and disrespect the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Our decision reflects our unwavering commitment to honor their memory and uphold the highest standards of respect and integrity. I have no doubt that this view would be shared by many current and former law enforcement and government officials who attend our conference each year.

Given the IACC’s commitment to upholding these values, TikTok’s participation in the conference is viewed as misaligned with these principles. The IACC holds a strong stance against any form of support for terrorism or the dissemination of extremist views.

We continue to dedicate our efforts to fostering environments that promote respect, innovation, and the protection of intellectual property rights.


Bob Barchiesi

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