submitted 1 month ago by Rapidcreek to c/politics

Former TikTok senior data scientist:

“I literally worked on a project that gave U.S. data to China”

“They were completely complicit in that. There were Americans that were working in upper management that were completely complicit in this.”

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[-] hemmes 22 points 1 month ago

Is this where we post the shocked Pikachu face? Or do they only accept Pooh bear memes?

[-] MichaelTen -2 points 1 month ago
[-] ShittyBeatlesFCPres 19 points 1 month ago

As an American, I would be appalled if my data were provided to the Chinese government for anything less than Meta charges to provide that info. It’s just unfair to TikTok and I believe in a free market in commoditizing the lives of human beings.

[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago

Having raw, fined grained telemetry about virtually every action you take and that can be upgraded to collect more details at will with a new app version push is way, way different than being able to say “show this ad to people in ZIP code 12345”

[-] jeffw 6 points 1 month ago
[-] ShittyBeatlesFCPres 11 points 1 month ago

Ok, fine. I concede the point. Replace Meta with 50 data brokers that sell “anonymized” location data on everyone who ever downloaded a free app.

[-] homesweethomeMrL 18 points 1 month ago

If only anyone could have known

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 month ago

No one is fighting for tiktok thinking it didn't share info with China. The problem is China can just buy our data from a number of data brokers. Every social media, shopping, and US website collects your info to be sold. That's the problem. The singled out tiktok bc China was collecting it free and people are learning how corrupt our US government is.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

It’s more than “your data”, it’s the use of the platform to amplify/disseminate propaganda.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

Welcome to every social media platform out there. Meta has done experiments on teens and helped genocides. Twitter/X is filled with Nazis and white nationalist. Truth social.... enough said. Reddit had women abusive subreddits and child porn leaks. Those are a few examples of other platforms.

That is the problem, all of them are the same and should be under heavy regulation since they give access to children and our data. Twitter providing the Saudi government with users tweets which ends with them being arrested seems like a "your data" issue.

[-] ATDA 2 points 1 month ago

I mean Christ even niche chan boards were heavily targeted by the alt right turning frothing shit cauldrons into .... more frothy racist shit cauldrons?

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Shit, I forgot the chan boards. They had literally child p*rn and it took forever to banned.

[-] MichaelTen 8 points 1 month ago

No one could have predicted this. (Satire)

I see Chinese in on tiktok semi regularly at least it seems.

Did the ceo lie to usa congress under oath?

Limitless Peace

[-] jumjummy 5 points 1 month ago

Absolutely the CEO lied, but unfortunately our government lacks the teeth to put him in jail.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

I wonder how this plays out if he lied under oath tbh.

[-] masquenox 6 points 1 month ago

Sooo... no different than Google working with the US government, then.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Clearly false - Google is banned in China.

[-] ZK686 1 points 1 month ago

Um, the difference is China is our #1 enemy?

[-] masquenox 0 points 1 month ago

I thought that was Iran? Sorry, I have trouble keeping up with the whole "enemy-of-the-week" thing.

[-] Jimmycakes 2 points 1 month ago
[-] hark 1 points 1 month ago

Anyway, let's say this is true. What can China do with this data?

[-] mlg 0 points 1 month ago


NSA just mad they don't get to plug their dedicated spyware directly into it.

That's why they want it to become US owned.

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