A couple of TikTok employees misused the app to spy on American journalists

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TikTok it is a big phenomenon and has always had a rather problematic position in some countries regarding Chinese ties. ByteDance therefore tried to gain trust in countries that opposed TikTok as a possible security risk, and for example in the United States TikTok US Data Security (USDS) was created to ensure that the data of American citizens remains on American soil. TikTok uses Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services in the United States. The company has also introduced similar measures in Europe and Great Britain. But a few disobedient employees are enough to do significant damage to the whole effort, which has greatly reduced trust in TikTok and its resistance to misuse (whether at the instigation of the Chinese government, its own or actors other).

It was discovered that several employees misused the application and data to spy on several American journalists. Specifically, they were supposed to be three Forbes employees (Emily Baker-White, Katharine Schwab and Richard Nieva), who until recently worked for BuzzFeed, and Christina Criddle from the Financial Times. The CEO of ByteDance, Rubo Liang, expressed great concern about the activity of the employees, which significantly damaged the public trust that has been built for a long time (and is still not very high). The company’s own investigation, conducted by an outside firm, revealed the spying of at least two American journalists. In connection with the case, four employees of the company have already left ByteDance, and the number may increase even more in the future. The problem for the social network TikTok is that the US government has another argument to ban the network on US soil again.

Source: Svět hardware from www.svethardware.cz.

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