Étiquette : tiktok

TikTok Tracked Users Who Watched Gay Content, Prompting Employee Complaints


“At TikTok, the company organizes all the videos its users post into a web of clusters, sorted by topics, the former TikTok employees said. The clusters span the universe of TikTok videos, including ones named: mainstream female, alt female, southeastern black male, and coastal, white-collar male. Each cluster includes subgroups; for alt female, those included tattoos, some lesbian content, and “Portland.” A cluster about professional basketball, for example, had subgroups about the Golden State Warriors, and star player Steph Curry. TikTok tracked the categories of content and users on its app in an effort to understand trends and find ways to boost engagement, some of the former employees said. Some TikTok employees could view the unique identification numbers of the users associated with each cluster, as well as the list of users who were watching videos in each cluster. Additionally, employees could look up users based on their ID number—a series of numbers each TikTok user is given when they start watching videos on the app—to see what cluster they were associated with, according to some of the former employees.”

Source : TikTok Tracked Users Who Watched Gay Content, Prompting Employee Complaints – WSJ

TikTok Feeds Teens a Diet of Darkness


“After a few hours, I had to stop. If the rapid string of sad videos made me feel bad, how would a 14-year-old feel after watching this kind of content day after day? One account is dedicated to “sad and lonely” music. Another features a teenage girl crying in every video, with statements about suicide. One is full of videos filmed in a hospital room. Each of the hospital videos contains text expressing suicidal thoughts, including, “For my final trick I shall turn into a disappointment.”
Users have developed creative ways to skirt TikTok’s content filters. For instance, since TikTok won’t allow content referencing suicide, people use a sound-alike such as “sewerslide,” or just write “attempt” and leave the rest to the viewer’s imagination. Creators of videos about disordered eating have also evaded TikTok’s filters.
Policing all the content on a service used by more than one billion monthly users is no easy task. Yet there is a difference between stamping out harmful content and promoting it. “If tech companies can’t eliminate this from their platforms, don’t create algorithms that will point kids to that information,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., chief executive of the American Psychological Association.”

Source : TikTok Feeds Teens a Diet of Darkness – WSJ

Cybersécurité en Suisse: La Confédération refuse d’interdire TikTok à ses employés


“L’utilisation de TikTok au sein de l’Administration fédérale constitue-t-elle une menace pour la sécurité de la Suisse? Pressée par des élus de tous bords, la Confédération a fait appel à l’Institut national de test pour la cybersécurité (NTC) pour une analyse technique de la sécurité de l’application. Résultat: «Aucune indication d’une surveillance des utilisateurs n’a été décelée.»”

Source : Cybersécurité en Suisse: La Confédération refuse d’interdire TikTok à ses employés | 24 heures

Tessellated TikTok logos against a dark background.

“A member of the Stanford Behavioral Laboratory posted on a Prolific forum, “We have noticed a huge leap in the number of participants on the platform in the US Pool, from 40k to 80k. Which is great, however, now a lot of our studies have a gender skew where maybe 85% of participants are women. Plus the age has been averaging around 21.” Wayne State psychologist Hannah Schechter seems to have been the first person to crack the case. “This may be far-fetched,” she tweeted, linking to Frank’s video, “but given the timing, virality of the video, and the user’s follower demographics….” Long-standing Prolific survey-takers complained on Reddit that Frank had made it difficult to find paid surveys to take on the overrun platform.”

Source : A teenager on TikTok disrupted thousands of scientific studies with a single video – The Verge

Centre de sécurité – Ressources | TikTok

“We’re working diligently to protect the integrity of our platform as the election cycle continues. We’re removing election misinformation as it’s identified – proactively through automated technology and human investigations, and reactively via reports from our users and partners. This includes, for example, false claims about voter fraud. We continue to reduce discoverability of content that prematurely declares victory in a race, and we apply a banner on such content that directs users to the AP for official and real-time race results. We’re also redirecting searches for terms and hashtags related to misinformation to our Community Guidelines to help people understand what is and isn’t allowed on TikTok.”

Source : Centre de sécurité – Ressources | TikTok

“The U.S. Administration’s move to ban TikTok and WeChat for U.S. app stores is a direct attack on the Internet. It is an extreme measure that fundamentally undermines the foundation of the Internet. It’s especially a threat to the principles of openness and accessibility as well as its decentralized management. The Internet has no center. This type of top-down intervention is worrisome because – similar to efforts in China – it tries to impose a centralized management style that runs counter to how the Internet actually works.”

Source : Internet Society: U.S. Administration ban of TikTok and WeChat is a direct attack on the Internet | Internet Society

Facebook quietly launches a TikTok competitor app called Lasso

Lasso by Facebook

“Lasso is Facebook’s latest bid to win over teens, which the large social media platform has lost its hold over. In 2018, only half of teens say they still use Facebook, compared to in 2014, when 71 percent of them said they did. The app was first reported as in development in late October.On Lasso, users can record themselves dancing and lip-syncing to music, similar to what they can already do on TikTok. The app also lets users record short clips like Vines.”

Source : Facebook quietly launches a TikTok competitor app called Lasso – The Verge

ByteDance Headquarters

“Six-year-old Bytedance, owner of news aggregator Toutiao and video sensation Tik Tok, has surpassed Uber Technologies Inc. to become the world’s most valuable startup, according to CB Insights, which values Uber at $72 billion. Having become a major player in China’s internet scene, it’s now planning to use its influx of cash to take on Western rivals. Its biggest overseas hit is a video service called Douyin — known as Tik Tok beyond China — that’s siphoning attention from the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Facebook Inc.”

Source : Bytedance Is Said to Secure Funding at Record $75 Billion Value – Bloomberg

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