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Guy Who Reverse-Engineered TikTok Reveals The Scary Things He Learned, Advises People To Stay Away From It

Facebook got itself into a sensitive data scandal when it did shady business with Cambridge Analytica, Instagram confirmed a security issue exposing user accounts and phone numbers, but these apps are basically online security havens compared to TikTok, according to one senior software engineer with about 15 years of professional experience

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by Anonymousreply 3408/01/2020

If you're over the age of 22, staying away from it shouldn't be a problem...

by Anonymousreply 106/27/2020

Scary stuff.

by Anonymousreply 206/27/2020

If you use TikTok and you are out of your teens already, you have bigger issues than privacy concerns.

by Anonymousreply 306/27/2020

[quote] If you use TikTok and you are out of your teens already, you have bigger issues than privacy concerns.

Yes, it means you're Edwin.

by Anonymousreply 406/27/2020

They are tracking American teens and attempted to inflict them politically

by Anonymousreply 506/27/2020
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by Anonymousreply 706/27/2020
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by Anonymousreply 806/27/2020

They will either read the link or not.

Just stop it.

by Anonymousreply 906/27/2020
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by Anonymousreply 1006/27/2020

Such secrecy is understandable. TikTok’s earnings have risen proportionately with its increase in popularity and its owner ByteDance made a net profit of $3 billion last year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Bangorlol thinks that we as a society have normalized giving away our personal information and have no expectations of privacy and security anymore, so giving TikTok our data together with our money is nothing surprising. “The general consensus among most ‘normal’ people is that they can’t/won’t be targeted, so it’s fine. Or that they have nothing to hide, so ‘why should I even care?’ I think the apathy is sourced from people just not understanding the security implications (at all levels) of handing over our data to a foreign government that doesn’t discriminate against who they target, and also doesn’t really have the best track record when it comes to human rights,” he said.

by Anonymousreply 1106/27/2020

Edwin having a meltdown at r9.

by Anonymousreply 1206/27/2020

I watch it—yes, I’m 12. Seriously, it does pass the time away, but I did notice it was smart enough to know I hate Dump, and to only show me anti Dump TikTocs, without my liking any videos. So I keep my perusing on an iPad mini that is strictly for all my sock puppet social media sites.

by Anonymousreply 1306/27/2020
by Anonymousreply 1406/27/2020

I have an account but I only use it to watch videos. I myself have never posted a video and I never will. I'm far too old and ugly to be popular on there anyway.

by Anonymousreply 1506/27/2020

Idiot at r15

by Anonymousreply 1606/27/2020

These social media companies are all evil. But this one takes the cake.

by Anonymousreply 1706/27/2020

Remember this. Just your behavior is valuable in behavior systems like this. No birthday or SSN# needed. Plus, even if you have never logged into Facebook, they have a profile on YOU, most likely.

by Anonymousreply 1806/27/2020

It belongs to the PLA. Keep away.

by Anonymousreply 1906/27/2020

[quote]Even if you have never logged into Facebook, they have a profile on YOU, most likely.

Yes, for years there have been reports of "shadow accounts" gleaned from users' contacts lists.

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by Anonymousreply 2106/27/2020

I searched Facebook and found my shadow account.

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by Anonymousreply 2306/28/2020

India has banned this spy app.

Why won’t the US?

by Anonymousreply 2406/29/2020

Exactly, R24. That app does nothing good or safe for us, and if India can ban it, then so can we!

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by Anonymousreply 2607/31/2020

Don't worry, after we buy it, we will fuck it up.

by Anonymousreply 2707/31/2020

The good thing about TicTok is that it's a thorn in Trump's side.

by Anonymousreply 2807/31/2020

Do you have to have the app on your phone for it to do damage?

Or can just clicking on a tik tok link to watch a video wreck you as well?

by Anonymousreply 2907/31/2020

I admit I downloaded TikTok just because all the kids have it but, like Snapchat, I really don't need it or use it. So what if the Chinese have my info? It's of no use to them. I'm no spy and don't work for the government. I bet they're on top of all the high school gossip in Beijing.

by Anonymousreply 3008/01/2020

[quote]They are tracking American teens and attempted to inflict them politically

Weird that so many people who can't speak English are on Datalounge being Very Concerned about TikTok.

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by Anonymousreply 3208/01/2020

“So what if the Chinese have my info“

Americans are doomed.

by Anonymousreply 3308/01/2020

Wait till people find out what Google, Android, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat track.

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