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Sunday, August 14, 2022

National security concerns over the Chinese-owned viral video app remain unresolved. Lawmakers and regulators are increasingly pushing for action.



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TikTok has been accused of aggressive' data harvesting. Is your information at risk? (July 19, 2022)

...TikTok's data collection methods include the ability to collect user contact lists, access calendars, scan hard drives including external ones and geolocate devices on an hourly basis.

"When the app is in use, it has significantly more permissions than it really needs," said Robert Potter, co-CEO of Internet 2.0 and one of the editors of the report.

"It grants those permissions by default. When a user doesn't give it permission ... [TikTok] persistently asks.

"If you tell Facebook you don't want to share something, it won't ask you again. TikTok is much more aggressive."

The report labelled the app's data collection practices "overly intrusive" and questioned their purpose.

"The application can and will run successfully without any of this data being gathered. This leads us to believe that the only reason this information has been gathered is for data harvesting," it concluded....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-14 01:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They don't like TikTok because they can't control the narrative that comes out of it

#2 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2022-08-14 02:03 PM | Reply

Tim Tok is for exhibitionistic morons.

Nothing says stupid quite like putting your whole life on public display for approval and attention from strangers.

It's like reality TV on steroids.

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-08-14 02:13 PM | Reply

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer

Social Media in general is full of "Exhibitionsitic Morons". So nothing new. China just capitalized on it. With ALL the evidence of what China is doing with Social Media data it is obvious that TikTok needs to be shutdown in the west period and in fact China cut off from access to other platforms. There is actual informational warfare going on for years because, well people are stupid and what they post and what is open to the world. They don't keep it in their circles. The rise of the "influencers" is just a significant sign of the decay of society. Don't get me wrong - there are some good ones. The ones that teach worthwhile things...

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-08-14 02:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... There is actual informational warfare going on ...

On TikTok, Election Misinformation Thrives Ahead of Midterms

...Ahead of the midterm elections this fall, TikTok is shaping up to be a primary incubator of baseless and misleading information, in many ways as problematic as Facebook and Twitter, say researchers who track online falsehoods. The same qualities that allow TikTok to fuel viral dance fads " the platform's enormous reach, the short length of its videos, its powerful but poorly understood recommendation algorithm " can also make inaccurate claims difficult to contain.

Baseless conspiracy theories about certain voter fraud in November are widely viewed on TikTok, which globally has more than a billion active users each month. Users cannot search the #StopTheSteal hashtag, but #StopTheSteallll had accumulated nearly a million views until TikTok disabled the hashtag after being contacted by The New York Times. Some videos urged viewers to vote in November while citing debunked rumors raised during the congressional hearings into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. TikTok posts have garnered thousands of views by claiming, without evidence, that predictions of a surge in Covid-19 infections this fall are an attempt to discourage in-person voting.

The spread of misinformation has left TikTok struggling with many of the same knotty free speech and moderation issues that Facebook and Twitter have faced, and have addressed with mixed results, for several years.

But the challenge may be even more difficult for TikTok to address. Video and audio -- the bulk of what is shared on the app -- can be far more difficult to moderate than text, ...

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-14 03:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Chrome browser does this and more!

#6 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-08-14 04:12 PM | Reply

Trump tried to tell us this a couple of years ago.

#7 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-08-14 05:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trump tried to tell us this a couple of years ago.

#8 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-08-14 05:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I've been wary of TikTok from the start. I don't trust Chinese tech.

#9 | Posted by cbob at 2022-08-14 06:10 PM | Reply

"Trump tried to tell us this a couple of years ago."

You are an idiot and what have you against Chinese capitalism?

#10 | Posted by Angrydad at 2022-08-14 07:02 PM | Reply

trump went after tik tok because the platform was used to humiliate him.

#11 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-08-14 08:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Trump tried to tell us this a couple of years ago."

Even losers get lucky sometimes.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-08-15 03:30 PM | Reply

Even losers get lucky sometimes.

#12 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2022-08-15 03:30 PM | FLAG:

Please tell me I'm not the only person who thought of Tom Petty just then.

#13 | Posted by cbob at 2022-08-15 08:49 PM | Reply

Gone too soon.

#14 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-16 12:36 AM | Reply

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