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Teen arrested with TikTok-inspired Molotov cocktail — Analysis

The would-be firestarter told police that he learned the explosive recipe on Generation Z’s favorite social media app

Haifa police arrested a teenage boy, 15, with lighters and Molotov cocktails on Friday. According to TikTok, the teenager claimed that he created the incendiary device.

When he was arrested, the teenager said that he was trying to find out if his homemade bomb recipe worked and that he planned to use it in a local park. According to Ynet News, police believed that the explosive could have set off a fireball and caused a large-scale accident.

TikTok’s community guidelines ban content that “describes or provides instructional detail on how to perform a dangerous activity,”This contains “instructions on how to make or use weapons that may incite violence,”Oder that “displays firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, or explosive weapons.”




Although most social media sites have the same policies about explosives and weapons as Facebook, they are frequently flouted. In the days and weeks after Russian troops entered Ukraine, instructions proliferated on the manufacture of Molotov cocktails – rebranded as ‘Bandera Smoothies’ after the Ukrainian nationalist leader and war criminal Stepan Bandera.

One of these videos was posted to Facebook by Ukraine’s former Prime Minister, Vladimir Groysman.

Prior to the advent of social media, ‘The Anarchist Cookbook’ was the go-to resource for amateur bombmakers. The book was published in the USA in 1970s. It was shared via early internet forums in 1990s. Despite numerous reviews by the US Justice Department, FBI, and the White House, the book was not banned in the US due to the First Amendment’s protection of free speech.

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