TikTok’s search engine repeatedly delivers misinformation

When users search for information within the TikTok app it was reported that up to 20% of the results show unchecked false misinformation, e.g. about COVID-19 vaccines or school shootings. The misinformation plays in the goals of the Chinese regime, to which the TikTok company has ties to, to undermine the app’s audience in western […]

TikTok uses every technical possibility to obtain as much user data as possible

An Analysis of the TikTok app reveals it is implemented in a way which makes it possible to obtain any input on the device, including sensitive data like credit card credentials. source: https://krausefx.com/blog/announcing-inappbrowsercom-see-what-javascript-commands-get-executed-in-an-in-app-browser archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2022/08/18/tiktok-uses-every-technical-possibility-to-obtain-as-much-user-data-as-possible-archived-source/

TikTok downplays it’s association with China

Leaked documents show the company’s policy for publicly communicating sensitive topics, among them the often criticized association with the totalitarian regime in China. Employees are directed to avoid direct questions concerning these topics. source: https://gizmodo.com/tiktok-master-messaging-pr-playbook-china-music-1849334736 archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2022/07/27/tiktok-downplays-its-association-with-china-archived-source/

TikTok blocked creators from using ‘Black Lives Matter’ in bios

TikTok users discovered they cannot use certain text like “Black Lives Matter” in their profile. This shows the arbitrary censorship by the platform. source: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/562146-tiktok-blocked-creators-from-using-black-lives-matter-in-bios/ archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2021/07/08/tiktok-blocked-creators-from-using-black-lives-matter-in-bios-archived-source/

TikTok Quietly Updated Privacy Policy to Collect Faceprints and Voiceprints

TikTok updated their privacy policy in an attempt to cover the legitimacy of collecting even more data from their end users. source: https://www.pandasecurity.com/en/mediacenter/security/tiktok-privacy-faceprints/ archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2021/06/22/tiktok-quietly-updated-privacy-policy-to-collect-faceprints-and-voiceprints-archived-source/

TikTok Is Watching You – Even If You Don’t Have an Account

A deep inspection of the TikTok platform reveals an intensive gathering of user data despite opposite claims in their policy. source: https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgqbmk/tiktok-data-collection archived source: https://wellthissucks.xyz/2021/01/21/tiktok-is-watching-you-even-if-you-dont-have-an-account-archived-source/