TikTok users are sharing personal information of the judges on the US Supreme Court following the overturning of Roe v Wade.
Roe v Wade guaranteed a lady’s constitutional right to an abortion, but Justice Samuel Alito and the opposite members of the court gave states power to legislate abortions at a state level.
Previously, women had total autonomy to terminate a pregnancy in the course of the first trimester, and allowed some state influence over abortions within the second and third trimesters.
“We hold that Roe and Casey should be overruled,” Justice Alito wrote in a draft of an opinion dated 10 February. “It’s time to heed the Structure and return the difficulty of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
Now, many users are posting videos featuring Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Amy Coney Barrett with seemingly personal information reminiscent of their bank card number, expiration date, and security code.
The videos are essentially slideshows of the justice’s portraits, with text over their faces surrounded by a transparent red box – possibly as an try and hide its contents from TikTok’s algorithm.
It’s unclear whether the knowledge is valid but Vice, which reported on the news, says that the comments are “crammed with the message: ‘It worked!’”
Other videos include home addresses of 5 Republican-appointed judges who overturned the choice.
This information is already well-known, as protesters marched to the house of Justice Alito after the leak of his anti-abortion draft opinion in May 2022. Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts also found groups of protesters outside their private residences.
TikTok said in a press release that its “policies don’t prohibit the subject of abortion, and we expect creators to stick to our Community Guidelines which apply equally to everyone and the whole lot on TikTok. We strictly prohibit and can remove content that shares personally identifiable information.”