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Tech & Science Reddit CEO says TikTok is ‘fundamentally parasitic,’ cites privacy concerns

02:52  28 february  2020
02:52  28 february  2020 Source:   theverge.com

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Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman called TikTok “fundamentally parasitic” due to concerns over privacy during an appearance at the Social 2030 venture capital conference this week (via TechCrunch). Huffman specifically called out TikTok’s practice of fingerprinting to track devices as being of particular concern.

“Maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level of thinking with [TikTok],” Huffman said at the event, “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.”

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TikTok is one of the hottest social media platforms but the CEO of Reddit had some harsh words for the popular app, calling it “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

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said TikTok is " fundamentally parasitic " at a panel discussion on Wednesday. "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

The fingerprinting Huffman is referring to is a combination of audio and browser tracking to determine which users are watching and sharing a video on both the app and on the web, as detailed by researcher Matthias Eberl on Rufposten. TikTok parent company ByteDance claims that its fingerprinting techniques are used to identify malicious browser behavior, but Eberl notes his skepticism given that the website still appears to work perfectly fine when those scripts are disabled.

“I actively tell people, ‘Don’t install that spyware on your phone,’” Huffman went on to add.

He’s not the only tech executive worried about TikTok. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg had similar comments, noting that she was concerned about the fledgling video app on NBC’s “Byers Market” podcast. “They’re huge, they’re growing really quickly, they’ve gotten to bigger numbers faster than we ever did,” Sandberg said.

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CEO and co-founder of Reddit Steve Huffman called TikTok ' fundamentally parasitic ' and urged people not to install ' that spyware on your phone' at a He compared it spyware and said he thinks the app is ' fundamentally parasitic '. The Reddit co-founder added the fingerprint technology it uses is

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman called the popular video app TikTok ' fundamentally parasitic ' at an event on Wednesday Concerns have been raised about TikTok 's handling of user information. TikTok ’s privacy policy notes that it automatically collects usage information, IP addresses, your mobile carrier

Sandberg also raised similar security concerns, highlighting the fact that TikTok is “a Chinese company, if people are concerned about data I think there’s a lot to be concerned about there.”

That said, it is a little ironic for a Facebook executive to be concerned about another company’s laxity toward user privacy, given its recent issues with scandals like the Cambridge Analytica breach and its $5 billion Federal Trade Commission fine over privacy concerns last year (the largest the agency has ever issued).

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