US Military ousts junior officer for joking about Holocaust on TikTok

JTA – The US Army removes an officer who made a Holocaust joke on TikTok last year.

Nathan Freihofer, a second lieutenant, has millions of followers on TikTok, the video social media platform. In August Freihofer published a joke about the Holocaust and then said to his followers, “If you are offended, get the shit out because it’s a joke.”

Freihofer was suspended from his management duties after the video was published, which he had since deleted.

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This week, Lieutenant General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, the commander of the XVIII. Army Airborne Corps stated that Freihofer’s statement “is inconsistent with the values โ€‹โ€‹of Army service and is inappropriate for anyone holding a leadership position over American soldiers,” Col. Joseph Buccino, an Army spokesman, according to the Washington Post. “As a result, the corps commander initiated the process of removing Freihofer from the army last month.”

The decision is made a week after a pro-Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.

In the months surrounding the election and presidential change, social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and TikTok took steps to combat bigoted posts and disinformation.

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