Do You Think that Tik Tok is Parasitc?
You’ve heard of Tik Tok right? The trendy app is one that spread in a viral manner and has drawn a wide variety of influencers to its platform. The trending social media application is one that is growing at a rapid pace and latest reports note that it has racked up more than 800 million monthly active users. Further, you and 1.4 billion other people likely have downloaded the application since November 14, 2019.
Indeed, the application does have a wide variety of innovations and is pushing the boundaries in understanding users through the use of artificial intelligence and algorithms. Its parent company, Bytedance mixed up a strong potion that appeals to a mass audience. TikTok creators spend time frequently posting videos on the application and fans come back time and again to check out the latest content from their favorite influencers.
Not Everyone is Attracted To Tik Tok
The CEO of Reddit has some choice words for this Chinese technology product.
According to TechCrunch, the co-founder of Reddit went as far as to to state that Tik Tok is “fundamentally parasitic” this past Wednesday.
Parasitic? That’s quite a statement. What would make him think that?
Huffman noted at the event that he had reservations with TikTok.
He commented “maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level of thinking with them”. “Because I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it’s always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone.”
“I actively tell people, ‘Don’t install that spyware on your phone,’” he would add a bit later.
Does he have point? If you happen to ask TikTok, they’d say no.
A TikTok representative commented to TechCrunch that “these are baseless accusations made without a shred of evidence.”
Still, this wasn’t the first time that experts have talked about TikTok in a negative and suspicious light.
TikTok Spyware Accusations
Suspicious behavior may be present with simple asks such as gallery access, or other requests that may take your privacy away. Tensions were high since the U.S. China Trade War started but its theft of intellectual property and general spying has been associated with Chinese companies for a while now. Tik Tok is one of several companies that the United States has suspected for a while now.
Laugh While I Steal Your Time and Data?
TikTok recently arrived on the scene and has its own iOS and Android video applications and now hosts celebrities such as Post Malone, Britney Spears, and the Jonas Brothers, among other new celebrities. People get to express themselves through very short comedy skits, dances, recipes, and other forms of talent. Further, it has spared no demographic as the young and old use the application. The application absorbs countless hours of people’s lives as it provides them with content keeps them perpetually intrigued and interested. It can be a modern trojan horse, it seems friendly but can pose great risks.
Practice Caution with all Apps
A wide variety of applications may ask for access to your gallery, your contacts, your location, and email address. Share information that you’re comfortable sharing and practice great caution when interacting with seemingly friendly applications.